January 27, 2004

Yet Another "Brief Thoughts"

Okay, I have class soon, but I want to make an entry here really fast and cover a few points.

First of all, most of us have seen David Kay's report that Iraq probably didn't have WMD when we went in. I'm still not quite convinced, as I think they moved whatever they did have to Syria, but IMO, the humanitarian reasons for going into Iraq were the #1 priority anyway. I think Dubya just talked about WMD to try and convince the "international community" that was so excited about actually taking action against a threat. That's my two cents, anyway.

Also, let me just say that I love my psychology class. First of all, the professor demonstrated how past experiences can alter our perceptions by playing the "candy bar in the swimming pool" scene from Caddy Shack. That was pretty effective. We also looked at some optical illusions, which I happen to really enjoy.

The best part was his demonstration of how we form perceptions of things we can't see based on other information. He had a girl reach into a bag, choose an object, and describe it to the class. I'll try to script out how it went here. Keep in mind that the object turned out to be a banana:

PROF: Describe what you feel.
STUDENT: Uh...it's kind of smooth and hard...but it's also squishy. And you can squeeze it...
(scattered laughter from the class)
PROF: What else?
STUDENT: It's curved...and it has a bruise...
(more scattered laughter)
PROF: Keep going.
STUDENT: It's...uh...kind of long.
(laughter increases)
PROF: How long is "kind of long?"
STUDENT: ...Five...inches?
(laughter gets louder)
PROF: She's just describing it. I don't know why you're laughing!

...You get the idea. I hope. This professor is really entertaining. First of all, he looks like a cross between Steven Spielberg and Tom Green, but he sounds kind of like Andy Dick. And his name is Larry. No relation to Larry the Liberal.

Posted by CD on January 27, 2004 12:32 PM
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