Under the direction of Ron Sheese at York University in Toronto, Section I of Psychology 1010 offers an opportunity to reflect on the nature (and nurture) of human affect, cognition, and behaviour

 

Affect

… the greatest evil of the present regime is not found in poverty and in the suffering which it entails, but in the fact that so many persons have callings which make no appeal to them, which are pursued simply for the money reward that accrues. For such callings constantly provoke one to aversion, ill will, and a desire to slight and evade. Neither men’s hearts nor their minds are in their work.

Cognition

Science is experience becoming rational.

Behaviour

Men may keep busy in a variety of ways, making money, acquiring facility in laboratory manipulation, or in amassing a store of facts about linguistic matters, or the chronology of literary productions. Unless such activity reacts to enlarge the imaginative vision of life, it is on a level with the busy work of children. It has the letter of without the spirit of activity. It readily degenerates itself into a miser’s accumulation, and a man prides himself on what he has, and not on the meaning he finds in the affairs of life.