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The Science of Human Nature A Psychology for Beginners By William Henry Pyle --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (September 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1163488607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1163488607
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,906,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book has some decent information on learning and other basic areas of psychology, however, the book seems to adhere to the behaviorist model of psychology throughout the book. For instance when the author writes about transference of learning he only talks about direct transference and not about more indirect transference of learning. Essentially the book views learning as a basic "stimulus-response" action where habits and schemas are formed simply by means of providing material and skills to be learned (srimulus) and drilling them into students' minds until learned (response) and providing reinforcements to learn the skills. It doesn't cover how certain elements of experience interact in the learning process and doesn't exactly give credence to critical thinking and hypothetical thought that a more structural or cognitive school of thought would provide. It oversimplifies learning in my opinion. Another issue I have with parts of the book is it reads too much like a philosophical text quite often rather than a scientific one and is filled with the author's opinions such as stating the most important moral values which is definitely a debatable topic. Maybe I'm criticizing it too much as it's meant as an introductory text, but I do not care for the oversimplification it appears to provide.
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A lovely if hefty read, a steal at no cost to Amazon members. If psychology is of interest to you, I recommend this book.
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It started out pretty good, but as the book went on, it became clear the author was rather opinionated and political. I was expecting a book that would give me perspective on human nature... many aspects of it... but it was mostly his thoughts. I am very disappointed.
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I'm a little OCD and I find it very hard to quit on a book after I've started.
But this is really unreadable.
I suffered through the first 1 or 2 chapters - the author went on to explain what constitutes science by repeating the same idea over and over again.
Anyone with an ounce of intelligence who has been through high school already knows that.
I'm sorry to say I gave up afterwards. I had the feeling I'm getting dumber by the minute.
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I am a psychology geek. This book is for us. For someone that does not have a background in psychology, this book is can be confusing. It is rather complex. However, if you are someone that has been studying psychology for years, this could be just a refresher. This book is for that middle ground. That someone that has had a psych class or two, and wants to know more, but may not be a geek... yet. It's a classic. It you are looking for modern, this isn't it. Enjoy.
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It's definitely interesting and I did enjoy reading it. Though some of his writings are being disproved, it's still very interesting.
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So far so good, I have been able to download the book without an issue across the spectrum of my devices and have had no problem. The price, free, was of course, just right and when I have completed reading the book in its entirety, I will update this review with an assessment of the books content and its contemporary application(s).
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The book is more directed toward raising children than what I was interested in. I wanted something more general in human nature.
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