Thursday, July 9, 2009

From Pavlov to Milgram - Ran Levi

The series עושים היסטוריה! עם רן לוי (Making History with Ran Levi) never ceases to amaze me with the sheer width of subjects in both science and history it is capable of effectively taking on. The latest show was yet again an excellent one and this time about psychology.

When psychology ceased to be considered part of philosophy and began applying methods of empirical sciences a whole world of psychological testing was developed. With, necessarily, an emphasis on behavioral psychology, Ran Levi takes us through the range of lab tests psychology performed and what these tests taught us. From the dogs of Pavlov - yes this is psychology as well, to the Milgram tests. About learning, reflexes and the limits of our control.

This was a very good show, completely consistent with the level we are used to. But to get this from a show that has a tendency for the technical and is presented by an engineer, I am more than a little bit impressed it could pull off such a great quality also in the social sciences.

More Making History with Ran Levi:
A history of pandemics,
Surviving the atom bomb,
Robert Heinlein,
Diamond Rain and other phenomena,

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