silve309: November 2011 Archives


Vote 0 Votes

So this might be kind of off topic for this writing assignment, but a book titled Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl, an austrian Psychiatrist and Philosopher, has a different theory behind happiness than our text book. A holocaust survivor, Frankl saw the worst possible parts of human personality, but also some of the most resilient. What Frankl concluded from his experiences was that meaning was the driving force behind human life. "A man with a why to live, can bear through any how." After his experiences in the concentration camp, Frankl devolped his own type of Psychology, called Logotherapy. Logotherapy--logos means "meaning" in Greek--has three basic premises: Life has meaning under all circumstances, people crave meaning, and people always have the power, under any circumstances, to find meaning. While Frankl's theory may not be the most scientific according to our text book, I think it makes a lot of sense. finding meaning in life probably isn't the only key to happiness, but I think it definitely helps.
"Happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue." --Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

Human Attraction in Animals

Vote 0 Votes

So I read carl4266's blog , wich explained research that claimed that there is a deep biological need for human attraction. As our textbook has pounded into our heads, research needs to be replicated if were are to accept its claims. In my opinion, a good way to support an evolutionary/biological view is through animal research, because animals are more inclined to only follow their basic reproductive instincts than humans, almost creating a control on variables involving human personal preference. A study conducted by the University of Minnesota, on lion manes, provided very similar results as the one on human attraction. Female lions clearly prefer males with darker manes, opposed to those with lighter ones. A darker mane indicates more testosterone in a male lion--much like a more masculine face in a male human--than a lighter mane. These findings demonstrated that certain, more attractive, physical features conveyed the presence of good genes and fertility--much like a symmetrical face to humans--giving more support to the claim that much of attraction is biologically rooted in the need to pass on the most desirable genes to a lions, or humans, offspring.

About this Archive

This page is an archive of recent entries written by silve309 in November 2011.

silve309: October 2011 is the previous archive.

silve309: December 2011 is the next archive.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.