Studying for a Cognitive Psych test

I’m studying for a test tomorrow, and I stumbled into something weird.

In my class right now, we’re learning about memory, learning,  and here and there, testing. We learned about how generally speaking,  if humans learn something,  it goes into our memories as a gist. This mass blob of general gist level knowledge is our memory. It kinda makes sense.

Today, I was ranting about something playfully in one of my classes to a couple friends, and about behaviorism, and humans as rats in mazes (a metaphor). I know the rat and maze metaphor is something that has comfortably wedged its way in to popular western academic culture, but I did not realize my flashcards I made yesterday featured that direct analogy, pulled from my professor’s lecture.

You know, this is why it is good to playfully rant,  if you rant at all. I don’t mean getting ugly, but poking fun at what you know “better”. I knew that ramble came too easy, it sounded too cohesive as a complaint. I know that sometimes it’s easy to fabricate complaints on the fly when you’re really just joking, but that stuff can be dangerous when its your only form of communication.  Thank God for humor. If I can’t always source where my opinions come from when the metaphors I learned yesterday pop across the knowledge I have today, then it stands to reason that learning as a whole is just really complicated.  Learning isn’t always good, and similarly, opinions can be good and bad. Thank God for following thr Holy Spirit to know better. Otherwise,  it would be such a hot mess.


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I am a teacher-to-be who loves people. I am not afraid of many things. I like to explain my thoughts logically on a very birds-eye view level--I was born thinking that way. I follow Jesus Christ, and I accept only that label to describe my identity--that I am a child of God, as are infinite others, regardless of their other identities. Christ is my one thing.

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