Thursday, February 12, 2015

Does #evolution explain you?

On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life


February 12th is the anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth. Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection has been called the biggest idea ever. I agree -- it is  the biggest idea ever. But the biggest part of Darwin’s big idea is often over-looked. It is the part about evolutionary psychology.

On this anniversary, it is a good day to ask,  Do you believe that evolution is true about human psychology – about your mind? Can evolution explain you?

Darwin’s theory of evolution is a big idea and it hinges ultimately, not on fossils or geology or on genes and sub cellular complexity, but on its ability to explain the wonders of your mind.

You see, Darwinian evolution requires a psychological continuity --  an unbroken line of mental powers and capacities that extend backwards to ancient ancestors in the Pleistocene Epoch (about 200,000 years ago). Evolution, as an explanation for human origins, describes every mental power and capacity -- consciousness, morality, our capacity to make decisions and complex plans, language, music, art, religious experience, love, empathy, altruism, hate, greed, dreams, and everything else that makes us human as "packs of neurons"a bunch of neurons that evolved to solve the problems of living faced by our ancestors way back when. 


It is a big idea, but I think most people who believe evolution -- in change over time – stop short of believing that it applies to them. I don’t think many people believe evolution alone is sufficient to explain their own mind. They don’t really REALLY believe. How about you?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Intro Psychology Textbooks for Christian High School Students

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Contact: Dr. Tim Rice
tim@homeschoolpsych.com


Distinctively Christian Introductory Psychology Textbooks for Christian High School students. 

Blue Ridge, GA (January 7, 2013). Every year thousands of Christian students leave home for college. When they arrive, they will probably take an Introductory Psychology class. For most, it will be their first exposure to Psychology. 

Dr. Tim Rice, LPC, author of Psychology: A Christian Perspective, High School Edition, and Homeschool Psych: Preparing Christian Homeschool Students for Psychology 101, thinks that is risky. “Surveys suggest that upwards of half of Christian students ‘walk away’ from their faith within 12 months of entering college.” Dr. Rice states, “If that statistic is accurate, and if it has anything to do with the teaching in college, it is because Christian students are unprepared for the worldview challenges embedded in modern Psychology’s theories and schools-of-thought.”

Why are Christian students unprepared? Dr. Rice states, “Among Christians, Psychology is controversial and our disagreements are often contentious. Many Christians see Psychology as an idolatrous and ungodly rival religion and are concerned that there is no room for faith in its study. Some have called Psychology ‘the great seduction in preparation for the antichrist.’ Others believe that God created Psychology when He created Man and that we have a duty to study it.” According to Rice, “because the disagreements about Psychology are so contentious, no one has taken on the task of covering this subject at the worldview level, especially in a way that supports high school students, until now.”

Psychology: A Christian Perspective and Homeschool Psych 2nd Edition are more alike than different. Both offer a comprehensive overview of Psychology appropriate for high school students -- challenging, but understandable, with interesting case studies and examples.

Homeschool Psych is intended for homeschoolers and independent study students. Homeschool Psych plus the Student Workbook and Answer Keys requires very little teacher involvement.

Psychology: A Christian Perspective is intended for Christian Schools and Co-ops – with a Teacher. There’s no pre-packaged student workbook, there is however a Teachers’ Guide with reproducible items, quiz questions, essay ideas, discussions, and opportunities for further study.

Whatever you think about Psychology, the time to deal with it is before your student goes to college. Dr. Rice equips parents and teachers to help students to recognize psychology-specific worldview issues, and to introduce them to the study of the wonders of the God’s greatest creation; the human mind.

Publisher’s website: http://www.homeschoolpsych.com/
ISBN: 978-0-9815587-2-1  Psychology: A Christian Perpective, High School Edition
ISBN: 978-0-9815587-7-6 Homeschool Psych 2nd Edition. Preparing Christian Homeschool Students of Psychology 101

For media inquiries and interviews contact: Dr. Tim Rice – tim@homeschoolpsych.com


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Monday, November 24, 2014

On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life



155 years ago today Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life was published. Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection has been called the biggest idea ever. I agree -- it is the biggest idea ever. But the biggest part of Darwin’s big idea is often over-looked. It is the part about evolutionary psychology.

On this anniversary, it is a good day to ask, does evolution explain you? Do you believe that evolution is true about human psychology – about your mind? Do you believe evolution is really true about you?

Darwin predicted in 1859 that psychology would be based on a new evolutionary foundation -- that of the necessary acquirement of each mental power and capacity by gradation. “Each mental power and capacity” includes every topic in every psychology textbook and it includes many things we think of as uniquely human. We acquired each power and each capacity, bit by bit, over a very long time, through variation and natural selection.

Darwin’s theory of evolution is a big idea and it hinges ultimately, not on fossils or geology or on genes and sub cellular complexity, but on its ability to explain the wonders of the human mind.

You see, Darwinian evolution requires a psychological continuity --  an unbroken line of mental powers and capacities that extends backwards to our ancient evolutionary ancestors in the Pleistocene Epoch (about 200,000 years ago). It presumes that the brain consists of “packs of neurons” that evolved to solve the problems of living faced by our ancestors back. It has not evolved much since.  We have, what has been described as, a stone-aged mind in the modern world.

It is a big idea, but I think most people who believe evolution -- in change over time – stop short of believing that it applies to them. I don’t think many people believe evolution alone is sufficient to explain their own mind. They don’t really REALLY believe.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Psychology: A Christian Perspective online. Much funner than grammar class. Cooler than Algebra II (Classes start Jan. 2015)

There is one more class they need before graduation. Psychology 101 is one of the first class students take in college. Make sure they're ready.

Tim Rice, DMin, LPC, author of Homeschool Psych: Preparing Christian Homeschool Students for Psychology 101 and Psychology: A Christian Perspective, High School Edition teaches psychology online live. Spring classes start the week of January 12, 2015. 

"My lectures go beyond the textbook. In class we look psychology's content at the worldview level, adding a distinctly Christian perspective to the study of the human mind."
Students have two options. In both, students attend 15 online lectures (about 1 hour each) and participate in the class discussion (chat) about assigned readings.
In Option #1, the lecture only option, students attend lectures only. Dr. Rice doesn't give homework, assignments, or tests. He provides parents his Teachers' Guide for their use creating assignments. The cost for Option #1 is $100
In Option #2, the lectures, quizzes, essays, extra reading, and a grade option, Dr. Rice assigns 12 essays, 12 quizzes, 12 study guides, some extra reading, and 1 final exam. He assigns grades according to the syllabus. The cost for Option #2 is $200.
Payment is not due until the beginning of the third week of class. By then students know if the class is a good fit.
Orientation sessions will start in December 2014. Email tim@homeschoolpsych.com for your invitation. During the orientation sessions Dr. Rice demonstrates the JigSaw interactive platform and explain what he means by a “Christian perspective” and how his psychology class differs from others.

Homeschool conference teen track



Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Students taking psychology today...

Students entering college today do so at a time when Charles Darwin’s prediction, recorded in the last chapter of The Origin of Species has come true. Darwin predicted:

"In the distant future I see open fields for far more important research. Psychology will be based on a new foundation, that of the necessary acquirement of each mental power and capacity by gradation. Light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history."

That is bold. He saw a distant future in which everything about human psychology was understood in terms of evolution. Darwin left nothing in doubt – “each mental power and capacity” means every topic in every Psychology textbook. According to Darwin, all mental activity, even that which Christians think of as our God-likeness, is ultimately nothing more than a “mental power” or “capacity” that we acquired, bit by bit, over a very long time, through variation and natural selection. Darwinian evolution, when applied to human psychology and taken to its logical and necessary conclusion, explains our consciousness, our morality, our capacity to make decisions and judgments, religious experience, love, empathy, altruism, hate, greed, dreams, and everything else that makes us human, in terms of evolved problem solving mechanisms. Darwin’s future is today. Students taking Psychology in college today do so at a time when Evolution is seen as the unifying explanation for all of Psychology.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Does Evolution Explain You?



Darwin Day is a global celebration of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin held annually on Feb. 12th – Darwin’s birthday anniversary. Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection has been called the biggest idea ever. I agree -- it is the biggest idea ever. But the biggest part of Darwin’s big idea is often over-looked. It is the part about evolutionary psychology.

Darwin Day is a good day to ask, does evolution explain you? Do you believe that evolution is true about human psychology – about your mind? Do you believe evolution is really true about you?

Darwin predicted in 1859 that psychology would be based on a new evolutionary foundation -- that of the necessary acquirement of each mental power and capacity by gradation. “Each mental power and capacity” includes every topic in every psychology textbook and it includes many things we think of as uniquely human. We acquired each power and each capacity, bit by bit, over a very long time, through variation and natural selection.

Darwin’s theory of evolution is a big idea and it hinges ultimately, not on fossils or geology or on genes and sub cellular complexity, but on its ability to explain the wonders of the human mind.

You see, Darwinian evolution requires a psychological continuity --  an unbroken line of mental powers and capacities that extends backwards to our ancient evolutionary ancestors in the Pleistocene Epoch (about 200,000 years ago). It presumes that the brain consists of “packs of neurons” that evolved to solve the problems of living faced by our ancestors back. It has not evolved much since.  We have, what has been described as, a stone-aged mind in the modern world.

It is a big idea, but I think most people who believe evolution -- in change over time – stop short of believing that it applies to them. I don’t think many people believe evolution alone is  sufficient to explain their own mind. They don’t really REALLY believe.