Alarmingly high temperatures and climate denial

Europe’s most recent heat wave has brought multiple fires with homes going up in smoke and loss of life. The latest heat wave is not a freak occurrence but part of a trend. Alarmingly, mainstream media fails to relate the rising world temperatures to human activity such as the use of oil and meat eating.Continue reading “Alarmingly high temperatures and climate denial”

The Paradoxical Nature of Coincidence

I am no mystic. By nature, I believe that I am inclined towards scepticism. Occasionally, however, events have occurred that appear to defy reason or scientific explanation. Coincidence is a good example. The traditional scientific explanation holds that coincidences are inevitable within the laws of chance. An alternative explanation entertains the possibility of an as-yetContinue reading “The Paradoxical Nature of Coincidence”

Science is Beautiful*

Science is beautiful when it makes simple explanations of phenomena or connections between different observations. Examples include the double helix in biology and the fundamental equations of physics. Steven Hawking I have something beautiful to offer, not in Biology or in Physics, but in Psychology: A General Theory of Behaviour. It’s got harmony, synchronicity andContinue reading “Science is Beautiful*”

Why ESP can never be found inside the laboratory. A new approach to the investigation of the paranormal

From the Preface [An ESP experiment] “immediately appeals to his [or her] unconscious readiness to witness a miracle, and to the hope, latent in all [people], that such a thing may yet be possible. Primitive superstition lies just below the surface of even the most tough-minded individuals, and it is precisely those who most fight…” Continue reading “Why ESP can never be found inside the laboratory. A new approach to the investigation of the paranormal”

The General Theory of Behaviour I: First Principles

Thank you for visiting this site.   This site is for discussion of new ideas to advance and unify Psychology as a natural science. Both are only possible by taking risks.  To borrow a quotation from Chuang Tzu: “Leap into the boundless and make it your home! *  This is the first in a series about theContinue reading “The General Theory of Behaviour I: First Principles”

The General Theory of Behaviour II: Psychological Homeostasis – How Does It Work?

In the second in a series about the General Theory of Behaviour (GTB) I trace the history of the construct of ‘Psychological Homeostasis’ as a universal principle of behaviour. The GTB is a new theory of behaviour founded on the principle of ‘Psychological Homeostasis’.  The GTB includes 20 principles and 80 associated propositions (AP). ThisContinue reading “The General Theory of Behaviour II: Psychological Homeostasis – How Does It Work?”

Vividness, Consciousness, and Mental Imagery: Making the Missing Links across Disciplines and Methods

Guest Editor: Amedeo D’Angiulli https://www.mdpi.com/journal/brainsci/special_issues/Vividness_Consciousness_Imagery All articles can be accessed freely online. Marks, D.F. I Am Conscious, Therefore, I Am: Imagery, Affect, Action, and a General Theory of Behavior. Brain Sci. 2019, 9(5), 107; https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci9050107. Views: 2082, Downloads: 1277, Citations: 2, Altmetrics: 2 https://www.mdpi.com/2076-3425/9/5/107 Lefebvre, E.; D’Angiulli, A. Imagery-Mediated Verbal Learning Depends on Vividness–Familiarity Interactions:Continue reading “Vividness, Consciousness, and Mental Imagery: Making the Missing Links across Disciplines and Methods”

The General Theory of Behaviour III: Restructured Hierarchy of Needs and Wants

The Needs and Wants Hierarchy is an amended form of Abraham Maslow’s (1943) motivational needs hierarchy described by Douglas T. Kenrick and colleagues  to which this author has added the process of Psychological (Type II) Homeostasis and made other amendments. The theory of motivation is a fundamental building block of the entire GTB. It describes how theContinue reading “The General Theory of Behaviour III: Restructured Hierarchy of Needs and Wants”

Improbability and Impossibility in Nature

The Science of the Impossible When the sun, moon and earth all fall into alignment, something improbable happens – a solar eclipse. A solar eclipse in improbable but it is not impossible, because it actually can happen. Not very often, of course, but on a few rare, predictable occasions. On average a solar eclipse occursContinue reading “Improbability and Impossibility in Nature”

Polyfilla Science

Gap Filling Like any other science, Psychology contain myriads of variables, A,B,C…N…X,Y,Z.  An established strategy for developing new research is for the investigator to identity ‘gaps’ in the field and to set about filling those gaps with correlational and experimental studies. The latter involve almost every possible permutation and combination of variables. The gap fillingContinue reading “Polyfilla Science”