THE SAME DAMN LIES

[FROM: Dennis Delprato (930415)]

I made the mistake of picking up the most recent issue of
the Annual Review of Psychology (where we find the state-of-
the-art of self-regulation put forth). Once again I am
reminded (and not only by ONE chapter) of an episode J. R.
Kantor related.

After he retired from Indiana Univ., he once spent some time
at Johns Hopkins where he met with graduate classes. On one
occasion, to help students distinguish between what he was
saying and conventional views, he asked them to bring their
text to class (turned out to be one of the classics in
sensation--Geldard's). At the next meeting, he proceeded to
point out unjustified fundamental assumptions and
alternative ways of describing what is happening. The
result was that the students said this was the first they
heard of an alternative to Geldard's accounts. They
rejected Kantor's ideas out of hand and the overall outcome
of the episode was "a pretty bad scene." Kantor goes on,
"They were all close to their Ph.D. And what are they going
to do, GO OUT AND TELL THE SAME DAMN LIES."

I imagine that anyone who truly appreciates what PCT is all
about at the most general level, will time and time again
have occasion to think back to Kantor's run-in with some of
today's leaders and the teachers of those who are beginning
to take over the strange discipline of psychology.

I can't help think of the now best-forgotten "arrogance"
thread of the past month or so on CSG-L. But when I read
statements of the sort mainstream psychologists are wont to
make, "arrogance" comes to mind. Other descriptors are
"ignorance," "illusory," and "delusory." What passes for
the social sciences, in general, is an interesting group of
disciplines. The major criterion for widespread acceptance
of even the most far-fetched ideas is that they be presented
in authoritative ways. So-called science is simply used as
a conservative force to perpetuate tradition. I try to be
"accepting" of divergent views, but will draw the line when
the views are not presented as tentative and open to test,
and instead come out as downright LIES.

Dennis Delprato
Dept. of Psychology
Eastern Michigan Univ.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
psy_delprato@emunix.emich.edu