Psychology

Psychology is the study of the parameters of the human mind. It is a difficult challenge. The complexity of our nervous system is daunting, and the density of its wiring so fine that any attempt to analyze it in detail would necessarily result in loss of function. On the other hand, human behavior at the extremes is almost impossible to understand on the basis of mechanistic models of the brain. In particular, the recently documented capacities of savants, in some cases, defy comprehension, and more so understanding.

Given the uncertainty in the basic science - and my own limited expertise - I cannot, as in my analysis of physics, hope to paint a comprehensive picture of the issues faced by researchers in psychology. What I must limit myself to, then, are those matters that I have found of value in managing my own mind. These are neuroanatomy and its relationship to the manifestations of human behavior.

The focus of this discussion will take us into some uncomfortable territory. Psychology has been limited in its formulations by its desire to couple itself rigorously to the process of respectful rational inquiry. The theories emanating from the hard sciences, and particularly from physics, were taken as constraints. Having opened the door to additional physics, we may find that psychology becomes a far richer field of study. It is my intention to push the process in this development.