Friday, January 25, 2013
I am excited to start AP Psych, but I hope it isn't a lot of tedious name memorizing. I do much better with ideas than structure. I think I may have to actually read the chapters for this class since I don't know anything about psychology. I know Freud had mommy issues, but that's about it.
I have a very strong interest with the paranormal. I know you (Mr. Dreier) don't believe in ghosts, and that's fine. Yes, paranormal activity can be explained away, and TV shows have a part in dramatizing its existence. But ghostly phenomena is a lot more than a a creaking door and some cheap scares. I think this is why there is such a stigma around both ghosts and their believers.
We discussed culture and nurture in the text and in class. Many cultures around the world idolize or even live among spirits, like the Japanese, Native American, and Jewish cultures. America is losing its sense of belief, and that's disheartening. Everything is industrialized and standard, and ghosts are a messy subject.
Article about ghosts in different cultures around the world and their importance: