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  • Written by William R. Uttal
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The Immeasurable Mind

The Real Science of Psychology

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Is psychology a science? Unlike Darwinian theory in biology or relativity and quantum theory in physics, psychology lacks the basic quantitative or conceptual foundation for a consensus view about how the mind works. Is psychology on the verge of developing such a foundation? "Probably not," answers psychologist William R. Uttal in this iconoclastic and critical examination of psychology’s underlying principles, assumptions, and concepts.

In five in-depth chapters and one appendix, he explores the following key issues:

*What do we mean by "science" and can psychology be legitimately described as a science?
*What are the general principles that should be applied to any science?
*What is the role of mathematics in psychology?
*Given the current fragmented state of the discipline, is it possible to identify the general principles of a scientific psychology?
*Is experimental psychology just applied epistemology and not really scientific?

Uttal comes to the conclusion that psychology is a science only to the extent that it is behaviorist in orientation. By comparing his discipline to other sciences, he identifies its limits, establishes a set of principles that help to define psychology as a science, and suggests plausible future developments.

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