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IF U HAD TO CHANGE PROFESSIONS, WHAT'd U CHOOSE?

 
 
Reply Sat 16 Jan, 2010 03:49 am

IF U HAD TO CHANGE PROFESSIONS, WHAT'd U CHOOSE?

I enjoyed the practice of law, as a trial attorney
and I like being retired therefrom.

If I had to choose a new profession,
I 'd select psychology.

The human mind and its thawt processes
r intrinsically intriguing n fascinating.

If u had to change, what 'd u choose for a new profession and Y ?





David
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fresco
 
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Reply Sat 16 Jan, 2010 04:11 am
@OmSigDAVID,
David,

With reference to the other thread I suggest you might be in for a few shocks if you pursued the social sciences!

I have had several "changes of profession", and the most satisfying to me has been adult education. However, that tends to give a poor financial yield.
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 16 Jan, 2010 04:57 am
@fresco,
fresco wrote:
David,

With reference to the other thread I suggest you might be in for
a few shocks if you pursued the social sciences!
Like what ?



fresco wrote:
I have had several "changes of profession",
and the most satisfying to me has been adult education.
However, that tends to give a poor financial yield.
Sorry to hear that, Fresco. I hope that will work out well 4 u !





David
fresco
 
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Reply Sat 16 Jan, 2010 05:24 am
@OmSigDAVID,
David,

By "shocks", I think you would find that "psychology" raises more questions than it answers. For example, with regard to your views of "language" on the concurrent thread, you would find that all aspects of language, social, emotional and intellectual, need to be taken into account even when discussing ostensibly "simple" issues of usage. As some psycholinguist said (Crystal maybe) <<We all think we are experts on "language" because we use it constantly, but nothing could be further from the facts>>(paraphrased).

Further "mat pulled from under you" shocks are predictable if you were to move into the realm of "psychology" being assessed for coherence by philosophers and other scientists. Some even dismiss that "self which pursues satisfaction" as an epiphenomenon of "human cognition" which they view as "no big deal".

(BTW, thanks for your good wishes. "Adult education" has become something of a hobby now rather than an earner.)
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 16 Jan, 2010 05:41 am

I've heard from 2 sources that hi school students
r being offered classes in psychology; I 'd have loved that when I was in hi school.

Presumably, it explains principles of human thawt,
thereby to facilitate future interaction out in the world,
by understanding how people think & act the ways that thay do.
I can see how that 'd be helpful.
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 16 Jan, 2010 05:43 am
@fresco,
What do u teach them ?
farmerman
 
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Reply Sat 16 Jan, 2010 07:17 am
@OmSigDAVID,
I think that Id like to be a professional Bass Fisherman, or a muralist.

I used to think about opening a restaurant but had that thought wiped out of my mind when , years ago, I invested money in a "gourmet hamburger" palace and, while I made money initially, I lost my shirt later on when I didnt realize that I should pull out my support because the manager was an asshole.

Temporary detour, it was another "teachable moment" in my life
farmerman
 
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Reply Sat 16 Jan, 2010 07:23 am
@farmerman,
No wait, Id love to be a lobsterman. I love steaming out on foggy mornings to ship out to the grounds where Id spend a day hauling and baiting traps. All kinds of weather makes it a great life.

Also, Id be providing other folks with fresh lobstah , (After catchin em all day, I can get awfully tired of eating lobstah meat) Id come into shore and stop at the diner oin town and have a hamburger and a Pauli Girl NA. then a nice cuppa tea and Id head home at sunset .

Nothing bad about that.(course when my ADD kicks in , Id be yancy to try beet sugar farming )
farmerman
 
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Reply Sat 16 Jan, 2010 07:25 am
@farmerman,
Course , my all time greatest desire would be to be a plein aire watercolorist. I could spend all day painting boats and seascapes.
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 16 Jan, 2010 08:02 am
@farmerman,
farmerman wrote:
I think that Id like to be a professional Bass Fisherman, or a muralist.
U can do both.


OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 16 Jan, 2010 08:05 am
@farmerman,
farmerman wrote:
No wait, Id love to be a lobsterman. I love steaming out on foggy mornings
to ship out to the grounds where Id spend a day hauling and baiting traps.
All kinds of weather makes it a great life.
U can give it a shot.
My dead friend, Neil, had a very multifarious n adventurous life,
with all kinds of experiences n adventures. Life can be fun.
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Sat 16 Jan, 2010 11:43 am
I'd want to be a trial attorney, that way I forget about such things as seeking truth and concentrate on just winning arguments.
fresco
 
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Reply Sat 16 Jan, 2010 11:47 am
@OmSigDAVID,
Quote:
Presumably, it explains principles of human thawt


Alas you presume wrong ! Human psychology is the study of human behavior. "Thinking" has been a problem area for the application of the objective scientific method to which psychologists aspire. Where thinking can be divided up into "experimental areas" such as "memory", "learning" and "problem solving", a plethora of statistical results have been generated which may or may not be applicable to "real life". No psychologist would claim this is a unified field of study. Psychopathology ("weird thinking")can be fun with its competing early theorists like Freud, but the fact is most "therapies" are pretty equivalent in success rates which often boil down to a communicative rapport between therapist and subject. Discounting medication, which crudely alters brain chemistry, there are as many "cures" by parish priests as psychoanalysts.

"Psychology" as an academic subject purports to teach experimental techniques, statistical processing and the history of the subject in terms of competing theories. No great insights into how "thinking works" are likely to be forthcoming .
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 16 Jan, 2010 11:50 am
@dyslexia,
dyslexia wrote:
I'd want to be a trial attorney, that way I forget about such things as seeking truth
and concentrate on just winning arguments.
YES! Seeking truth is the job of scientists and juries.
djjd62
 
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Reply Sat 16 Jan, 2010 11:51 am
@dyslexia,
Very Happy

i'd like to be a jason bourne type sleeper agent hitman
farmerman
 
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Reply Sat 16 Jan, 2010 12:22 pm
@djjd62,
Too much bookkeeping. What with all the forms, and expense statements and requisitions. Nahh, bass fishin or lobsterin.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sat 16 Jan, 2010 12:25 pm
@OmSigDAVID,
Quote:
I think that Id like to be a professional Bass Fisherman, or a muralist.


to which David said
Quote:




U can do both



Not many big buildings out on a lake. Itd have to be one opr the other .



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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 16 Jan, 2010 12:26 pm
@fresco,
David wrote:
Presumably, it explains principles of human thawt

fresco wrote:
Alas you presume wrong !
I have no factual information
qua what the hi school students are studying in the way of psychology.




fresco wrote:
Human psychology is the study of human behavior.
I am skeptical that all psychologists r behaviorists and only that.
If that were true, then forensic psychology 'd be impossible.
That has to do with the defendant's state of mind: his beliefs (which r thawts),
and whether he is capable of understanding,
which again addresses his ability to think and how he does it.
For instance, the infamous M'Naghten case was decided upon
the basis of what the defendant believed; that saved him
from being hanged.

If psychology were confined to observation of behavior as u said,
then inquiry into neuroses and psychois woud be impossible.
That is not the prevailing state of affairs.

I do not deny the existence of behaviorists.




fresco wrote:
"Thinking" has been a problem area for the application
of the objective scientific method to which psychologists aspire.
I can live with that.



fresco wrote:
Where thinking can be divided up into "experimental areas" such as "memory", "learning" and "problem solving", a plethora of statistical results have been generated which may or may not be applicable to "real life". No psychologist would claim this is a unified field of study. Psychopathology ("weird thinking") can be fun with its competing early theorists like Freud, but the fact is most "therapies" are pretty equivalent in success rates which often boil down to a communicative rapport between therapist and subject. Discounting medication, which crudely alters brain chemistry, there are as many "cures" by parish priests as psychoanalysts.

"Psychology" as an academic subject purports to teach experimental techniques, statistical processing and the history of the subject in terms of competing theories. No great insights into how "thinking works" are likely to be forthcoming.
I stand by what I said (for now, anyway).
I think I vaguely discern some emotional investment in this from u.
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Sat 16 Jan, 2010 12:31 pm
@OmSigDAVID,
OmSigDAVID wrote:

dyslexia wrote:
I'd want to be a trial attorney, that way I forget about such things as seeking truth
and concentrate on just winning arguments.
YES! Seeking truth is the job of scientists and juries.
the job of juries is to chose the best attorney. the job of scientists is to get published.
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 16 Jan, 2010 12:37 pm
@dyslexia,
dyslexia wrote:

OmSigDAVID wrote:

dyslexia wrote:
I'd want to be a trial attorney, that way I forget about such things as seeking truth
and concentrate on just winning arguments.
YES! Seeking truth is the job of scientists and juries.
the job of juries is to chose the best attorney. the job of scientists is to get published.
U still have to work with the facts at hand.
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