butle428: November 2011 Archives

In chapter 14 we covered the subject of personality; and who knew that there could be some much involved. One thing that jumped out to me was Jung's idea of a "Collective Unconscious". The book's described this idea as the shared storehouse of memories passed down to us across generations (Lilienfeld, 2010. pg 554). This was interesting to me because it reminded me of a popular video game series called Assassin's Creed. The idea of the game is that a machine accesses memories from a subject, memories encrypted in his DNA that have been passed down through the generations; just like Jung's theory.
However, this idea of collective unconscious is not sitting well with me; it doesn't seem possible. Memory is not part of our genetic makeup; memory is created through repetitive stimulation of particular areas of the brain. If it were part of our genetic makeup, you would think that most people would be born with particularly good language skills. Also, Jung's theory isn't even falsifiable, so it really can't even be a scientific theory.
The idea is interesting to think about. At first thought it makes complete sense. It would definitely explain why birds know how to fly south in the winter. Unfortunately, if we just apply basic scientific thinking principles, the idea is nothing more than an idea.

Being Prosecuted as an Adult

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While reading chapter ten I came across a particular section and immediately bookmarked it for this blog post. The section was on the cognitive changes in adolescence and it dealt with how the brain develops with age. More importantly though it touched on the subject of how some adolescents are "pardoned" for their crimes because their brains are not fully capable of making good decisions. To this idea I definitely agree. However, I sometimes don't agree with how the law handles this. The law generally considers adults as eighteen years of age and older, but sometimes younger teens can be convicted as adults depending on the case, and how hard the prosecutors push to try the defendant as an adult.
The way I believe it should work is that there should be rules "set in stone" about how this works. I believe that for certain crimes, committed at certain ages, it should be required that the defendant be prosecuted as an adult. For example, many teens 16-17 years old commit attempts of murder every year, and find themselves using the excuse of "my brain isn't fully developed yet" as a way of getting barely anytime in jail, and back on the streets. If there were more specific rules on age and crime serious crimes like attempted murder could be dealt with more effectively. Any normally developed teen at the age of 15, 16 or 17 should know that killing somebody is wrong, and if they decide to try and kill somebody, they should be punished like somebody who is 20, 30, 40, etc.

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