Report on Psychology Group Meeting - Meeting, Friday, 21 April 2017
- Led by John Moore
We began by looking at a definition of rationality and then a New Scientist article called “Intelligent but Stupid”, which asserted that studies comparing the scores of many individuals on IQ and rationality tests show a low correlation between the two scores. This is not what one might have expected as it implies that even people with high IQ scores do not necessarily think logically in everyday situations. Developing theories and experiments to demonstrate this has though been the life’s work of the Nobel Prize winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman and I hope to devote one of our future sessions to looking at his fascinating and, to some economists especially, controversial work.
I’d then intended for us to look then at some definitions of personality traits often involved in work related situations but this being the U3A and a meeting not a lecture the members preferred to share with the group their wealth of personal work experiences across a wide range of careers. From this it was clear that interactions with colleagues exhibiting a wide range of attitudes and behaviours, some possibly pathological, had had profound effects on the quality of their work experiences.
This proved to be so interesting that we had run out of time to discuss the work on office politics by psychologist Oliver James so postponed that until our next meeting. We instead looked at an animated video clip available on You Tube called, “The 48 Laws of Power”. This summarises in cartoon format a book with the same title by the American author Robert Greene. His book is essentially a manual no how to win and keep personal power and influence by largely cynical and manipulative means without regard to any inconvenient ethical or moral code. The viewing was at once perhaps both entertaining and a little shocking and not necessarily beyond everyone’s life experiences.
We meet again on the 19th May at The Owl in Hambleton from 2 until 4pm and I look forward to seeing everyone again then.
John Moore – Group Leader
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- Report by John Moore