Scientific Introspection: A Method For Investigating the Mind
Scientific Introspection calls for psychologists to use introspection to investigate the mind. What researchers do now is study the brain, and behavior, then from that, try to guess what the mind must be like. But why guess? Remarkably, we happen to have the ability to look directly into the workings of our own minds: introspection. As far as we know, we are the only animal on the planet that can do that. It is foolish not to use this amazing gift.
Scientific Introspection is an adjunct to traditional cognitive psychology and cognitive neurophysiology. There is no scientific way to observe the mind directly. Thoughts weigh nothing; ideas take up no space. The only way to observe the mind is through introspection. Scientific introspection supplements science with a genuine first-person methodology, so we can finally understand the mind.
The book includes a detailed description of Scientific Introspection applied. The reader can follow the procedure and confirm or disconfirm the findings. The demonstration shows how Scientific Introspection can be used as a shared investigative tool to produce consensus findings about how the mind works.
- William A. Adams, June 2011
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