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Nugget- As We May Think

“The scientist, however, is not the only person who manipulates data and examines the world about him by the use of logical processes, although he sometimes preserves this appearance by adopting into the fold anyone who becomes logical, much in the manner in which a British labor leader is elevated to knighthood.” This particular paragraph caught my eye in Vannevar Bush article “As We May Think”, I feel like it stresses the importance of communication across all scientific fields of study. The integration of specific scientific fields has lead to the explanation and settling of local, national and global problems. This passage is not talking about the physicist and the astronomer collaborations that easily “preserves this appearance”, but the frivolous British laborer. In my opinion the psychologist is sometimes the least respected among other distinct scientific fields, I ‘m sure you heard a few jokes or references that discredited the occupation. ‘1. What’s the difference between a psychologist and a magician? A magician pulls rabbits out of hats, whereas a psychologist pulls habits out of rats. 2. Two psychotherapists pass each other in the hallway. The first says to the second, “Hello!”‘(Burton)
The second smiles back nervously and half nods his head. When he is comfortably out of earshot, he mumbles, “God, I wonder what *that* was all about?” How could the psychologist  obtain “knighthood”? Lets say a computer engineer is trying to design a user-friendly interface for the iPhone. The engineer creates a sample group consisting of 15 participants, participants  are separately are given interface locations and are ask to navigate to destinations unassisted. The computer engineer observes each participant while completing trials and rules that the interface technology is superb. Now lets place the psychologist in the room during the interface trials. The psychologist documents that the engineer biasedly contributed to the success of the trials. Psychologist Notes:”Once engineer gave locations to participants, the engineer would unconsciously inhale deeply, swallow, grimace and repeatedly click pen when navigation started going astray. Participants were able to pick up social cues when errors were made to successfully navigate to interface destinations.” The evidence collected and recommendations suggested could help the engineer develop a sound product.  I’m lead to believe that the psychologist’s ‘logical” contributions earned a “knighthood”. Bibliography Burton, N.(2013, March 03) Top 10 Psychology Jokes. Retrieved from   You make some interesting points in this post.  What  is Psychologist Notes?  Is this a source you consulted?  Please set your blog to allow comments -- I couldn't comment as a REPLY to your post.  Bonnie Boaz