Psych 459 (Thursday) Spring 2006 G24
Dr. Leon James, Instructor, University of Hawaii
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Instructions For Your
In your word processor create a file. Save the file under the name xx-459-g24-report1. Replace the xx with your last name (which will be the name of the folder where you upload all your own work). Do not use spaces or upper case letters in any file or folder name. Make sure you use the hyphens in the file name, as indicated. Before giving the Save File command change the default setting for Type of file to Web page (filtered). Now the file is saved as a Web page and when you complete the report you can just upload it. Once uploaded look at the file with your Web browser by going to your folder on the Web.
Before you even begin typing in your report add the required title and links as follows:
the title at the top of the file
My Field Work For Theistic Psychology
By Your First and Last Names
Instructions for this report are at:
the links at the bottom of the file
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G24 Class Home Page: www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/leonj/leonpsy24/classhome-g24.htm
Now you can begin typing notes into your file. Your report should maintain the numbering and sub-headings indicated below. There is no length specified. Be as complete as necessary for an effective presentation of the topics requested. You must keep track of the Section Numbers where you obtain your information to explain the topics. The sentence where you mention a topic or statement for the first time must contain in parentheses a citation to the Section. Use this format: (TP Section 126.96.36.199.1) or whatever the section number is. TP stands for the Theistic Psychology online book).
Each topic mentions several sub-topics with their specific questions. A good answer will be seen to cover every question, but do not put the questions into your report -- only the numbered headings in bold. The report reads "choppy" if you put the questions in. An excellent answer will go beyond the listed questions by providing additional aspects that were not specified in the questions. You must make up your own titles for all the sub-headings (shown below as (a), (b), etc.) within each numbered main heading.
1. The Concept of the Divine Psychologist in Theistic Psychology
(a) Discuss the concept of the Divine Psychologist (this should be capitalized like a proper name). Explain it. Is this concept an essential feature of theistic psychology or should it be omitted for the sake of greater acceptance? Is there an alternative you can think of? What's the relationship between Divine Psychologist and human psychologist? What does the term Divine Psychologist imply about God and God's role or relationship with the human race? TP describes all its concepts as rational. In what ways can one understand the Divine Psychologist as a rational concept in science?
(b) Is it possible for you to relate to this concept? What would need to change in your ideas before you could accept such an idea as completely real in your life? What is the psychology of cooperation with the Divine Psychologist? Could this be something important to you right now?
2. Being Consciously in the Presence of the Divine Psychologist
(a) In the positive bias orientation, try this mental experiment. Select a convenient day during which you're going to act like you're spending it with the Divine Psychologist. Be aware that in theistic psychology the conscious co-Presence between a human being and the Divine Psychologist is not a sensory experience, but a rational one. This means that there is no physical or sensory exchange, like a dialog or a vision. Look up the distinction in theistic psychology between "sensuous spirituality" vs. "rational spirituality." Explain how you understand the difference.
(b) To maintain rational co-Presence with the Divine Psychologist you need to discover a practical method for keeping on reminding yourself that the Divine Psychologist is Present with you, in your rational mind, through your rational ideas of Him. For instance, you can carry a card with you that reminds you to act like the Divine Psychologist is present with you. Or you can write it on your hand as a reminder. Whatever the method, you will discover that one tends to forget about it altogether after just a few minutes. Then you may or may not remember it sometime later, then forget again. That's how the day will go, no doubt.
Still, each time you remember the experiment, you will be consciously thinking about the Divine Psychologist and the fact that He is Present in your rational ideas of God. You can extend the experiment to more one day, which will allow you to practice, and make more observations.
Your task is to write down the details of what actually happens. What method did you use to try to remember? What happened at times that you remembered? There is tendency to act like we are talking to the Divine Psychologist, which is just another way of being consciously co-Present. As well, you might receive some illumination or rational insight regarding God and your relationship to God, and God's relationship to the human race, and to the creation and management of the events of the universe.
(c) Look up what you can find in theistic psychology regarding why God created the universe and what laws or methods God uses to manage its details. Explain how you understand this. Part of this topic includes the issue of why God allows evil and whether God has full control or only partial control over what actually happens. This too is discussed in theistic psychology.
3. How My Friends React To Theistic Psychology Concepts
(a) Discuss how the study of theistic psychology has influenced your thinking thus far. Make a list of the important concepts you learned and explain how they help you figure out your life.
(b) What is your assessment of how others in class react to the study of theistic psychology?
(c) Try sharing some of these concepts with friends and describe their reactions. Be specific about what they say and why. Ask tem questions until you feel you understand what they are thinking. Tape record your exchange or take notes during and immediately after, to allow you to present the details.
(d) What are your reactions to their reactions?
(e) How do you explain
the apparent fact that some students seem to understand the topics pretty well
in their reports, but do not necessarily accept them? Read some of their reports
and describe your reactions and conclusions. Their reports are listed in the
Readings portion of Volume 18:
4. Teaching Theistic Psychology as a Science
(a) Should theistic psychology be taught in high school? In public elementary schools? Look up in theistic psychology what is said concerning the separation of state and religion. How can we distinguish between theistic psychology as science, and other issues such as creationism and intelligent design. Look up the recent court decision on teaching intelligent design in Pennsylvania (in Volume 1 of TP).
(b) First describe what you have learned so far by studying theistic psychology. What might be the benefit of this to you? Second, give advice to future generations who will be doing a similar report in the future. Give them tips on how to search and find things on the Web, and how to do a good report of their own. Third, what suggestions do you have for how to teach theistic psychology to college students in psychology?
Your Report 1 is now complete and published on the Web. Congratulations! You have proven you can gain technical competence in Web publishing and report writing. Now your valuable report will be used by future generations, by students from other places surfing the Web, by researchers interested in spirituality, and by the general public looking for ways to improve their lives through the scientific study of God.
You will be publishing two reports on the Web this semester as part of your contribution to the generational curriculum on theistic psychology. Thousands of people who navigate the Web find these generational student reports through Web search engines when they are looking for topics on spirituality, God, and theistic science. Your contribution will contribute first, to yourself for improving your skills in the rational examination of what you think and believe about God and immortality; second, for future students who will be reading your reports, and third, for the public at large. Your research, observations, and conclusions will be beneficial to others who will read your reports in the ensuing years. Long after you're no longer a student, your generational reports will still be serving the public.
Note on Privacy: Students can use a pseudonym on their reports instead of their real name. Students who publish their reports on the Web can delete their reports after being graded. They can also request to have their reports deleted from the Web after the semester at any time in the future by emailing Dr. James (firstname.lastname@example.org). Usually the request is honored on the same day it is received. Students can also submit their reports in typing, privately to the instructor instead of publishing them on the Web. This will not affect their grade.
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