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.

Monday, January 27, 2014

The New Psychology



The “New” Psychology

If you went to college, you probably took an introductory Psychology class – Psych 101. If your children go to college, they will probably take one too. But for students today, Psychology class will be very different than it was for their parents – way back when. Today, students taking Psychology do so at a time predicted by Charles Darwin in the final chapter of The Origin of Species. Darwin described a new paradigm for understanding human psychology, an evolutionary paradigm that 150 years later dominates modern psychology.

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. That is the state of modern psychology today.  Darwin’s theory quickly transformed many sciences, but it was slow to penetrate psychology – its implications were too shocking. Evolutionary Psychology (EP) is called “new” because only recently has it become the dominant naturalistic paradigm for describing Mankind’s Mind. Until recently, Behaviorism, Freudian psycho-dynamic psychology, and humanism were the dominant theories.

But Darwin left nothing to doubt – “each mental power and capacity” means every topic in every Psychology textbook. According to Darwin, we acquired all our mental powers and capacities (even those we think of as uniquely human, special, and God-like) bit by bit, over a very long time, through variation and natural selection. Evolutionary Psychology explains the Mind -- consciousness, morality, our capacity to make decisions and plans, religion, love, altruism, hate, dreams, and everything else that makes us human -- in terms of mental modules that evolved to solve problems of living faced by our Pleistocene Epoch ancestors.

The challenge for Christian students taking psychology today may be to not laugh out loud in class at the evolutionary explanations of the Mind. The opportunity is for students to understand and effectively communicate that the Christian worldview is a more logical, internally consistent, and meaningful paradigm for understanding the big questions about the Mind. After all, it is God’s grandest creation.

There is an opportunity because many who believe in Evolution may not have really thought it through, stopping short of believing that it applies to them.  But Darwin was clear. The whole Theory of Evolution, not just evolutionary psychology, hinges ultimately, not on fossils and geology or even sub cellular irreducible complexity, but on the wonders of the human mind. It requires that every human psychological characteristic, all humanity throughout human history, be explainable by variation, survival and reproductive advantages in an unbroken line backwards through to the Pleistocene and beyond.

The evidence is weak for a faith so strong.

©2013 Tim Rice
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Tim Rice, D. Min., LPC teaches Psychology from a Christian Perspective to High School students. He is the author of Psychology: A Christian Perspective, High School Edition and Homeschool Psych: Preparing Christian Homeschool Students of Psych 101. Dr. Tim and his wife Tina are 20 year homeschool veterans. Contact  Dr. Tim at tim@homeschoolpsych.com or www.homeschoolpsych.com.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Psychology: A Christian Perspective online. Much funner than grammar class. Cooler than Algebra II



Tim Rice, DMin, LPC, author of Homeschool Psych: Preparing Christian Homeschool Students for Psychology 101 teaches psychology online live. Spring classes start the week of January 27th.

Dr. Rice has taught and trained others for over 25 years. His favorite audience is Christian high school students. He believes that psychology is an important class before graduation because it is often one of the first classes students take in college.

In his live interactive lectures, Dr. Rice helps students examine modern psychology at the worldview level, adding a distinctly Christian perspective to an introduction to the study of the human mind.

Dr. Rice offers two options for students. In both options, students attend 15 online lectures (about 1 hour each) and participate in the class discussion (chat) about assigned readings.

Option #1 Lecture only option: In this 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. $100

Option #2 Lectures, quizzes, essays, and a grade: In this option Dr. Tim assigns 12 essays, 12 quizzes, 12 study guides, and 1 final exam. $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.

Ebook copy of Psychology: A Christian Perspective, High School Edition (required text) free with registration.

Orientation sessions are this week. Email tim@homeschoolpsych.com to attend an orientation session. 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.

Orientation Times Are Eastern

Monday January 20, 2014 @ 11:00am
Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 12:00pm noon
Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 9:30am
Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 1:00pm

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Psychology: A Christian Perspective live online with Dr. Tim Rice. Registration is now open.


Classes begin the week of January 27, 2013. Email tim@homeschoolpsych.com to register for classes or to attend an orientation session.

If you went to college, you probably took an introductory Psychology class - Psych 101. If your children go to college, they will probably take one too. But for students today, Psychology class is very different than it was for their parents - way back when. Today, students taking Psychology do so at a time predicted by Charles Darwin in the final chapter of The Origin of Species.

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. That is the state of modern psychology today.

In his online classes, Dr. Tim Rice introduces students to the study of Psychology from a distinctly Christian perspective. Students will learn how Evolution replaced Freud, Behaviorism, and Humanism as Psychology's dominant worldview and why the Christian worldview is a more logical, internally consistent, and meaningful paradigm for understanding the big questions about the Mind.

After all, it is God's grandest creation.

Spring semester classes begin the week of January 20, 2014. Orientation/introduction sessions are:

Monday January 6, 2014 @ 11:00am
Tuesday January 7, 2014 @ 12:00pm noon
Wednesday January 8, 2014 @ 9:30am
Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 1:00pm

Monday January 13, 2014 @ 11:00am
Tuesday January 14, 2014 @ 12:00pm noon
Wednesday January 15, 2014 @ 9:30am
Thursday January 16, 2014 @ 1:00pm

ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN TIME You may attend any session.

Classes are delivered via the JigSaw Meeting interactive platform called JigSaw Meeting. Click the link to take a tour of JigSaw. http://www.jigsawmeeting.com/virtual-classroom.php

During the orientation sessions we walk through the features of JigSaw and I explain what I mean by a “Christian perspective” and how this psychology class differs from others. It is not mandatory, but it is helpful.  

What other students are saying:

Hello Tim, my daughter Rebecca took a class online with you over a year ago. We have another daughter that may be interested in the class.

I love the class, It's so interesting!

Well I am duel-enrolled at Chat Tech and am taking PSYC1101. If I hadn't take your course last year I would be so lost in this class right now. We covered everything that is basically the first two chapters of my text book. Thanks to your course I went in with a good idea on the major contributors to psychology (which is what the entire first chapter of my text book is about) and the different types or views of psychology (second chapter in my book).

… please know that if I hadn't been introduced to this stuff then, I would be in alot of trouble now.
Psychology: A Christian Perspective

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Twenty years ago I was a homeschool skeptic

Twenty years ago, I was a homeschool skeptic.  Twenty years ago, when my wife suggested that we homeschool, I suspected it was a fad or a phase. Twenty years ago, when we got pushback about homeschooling from friends and family, I pushed back too. But I read a few studies, figured I could always put my foot down later, and I let my wife have her way.

Twenty years later, I’m a stay-at-home homeschooling dad and an ardent homeschool supporter.  Homeschooling worked. It provided my children individualized one-on-one instruction specific to their learning styles. Homeschooling was flexible and efficient and it produced well-socialized young adults who are adjusting successfully to college and careers.  

Occasionally I see families getting serious pushback online about their decision to homeschool. When that happens, other homeschoolers (moms mostly) offer their support, but I don’t see many dads chiming in. I’m chiming in. 

Homeschooling has worked for our children and for the hundreds of homeschoolers I’ve known. Homeschooling can work for your children too. If you’ve been led to homeschool, do it. And if you get pushback, tell the doubters they can email me at tim@homeschoolpsych.com.