Okay, so a snow day is really nothing special anymore. In the 3 weeks since the semester began, we’ve had three snow days. Such is life in the northeast.
This morning I have been studying my psychology textbook, preparing for a test. Knowing that I would be getting an evolutionary perspective at my secular college, I went into this psychology class with a pretty vigilant mind.
For most of the first few classes, Green was dealing with the scientific method of forming a hypothesis, testing the hypothesis extensively, calling it a theory, etc., and the myriad of psychological perspectives, but last week she introduced us to the biology of the brain according to the theory of evolution. She praised the makeup of the brain, telling us “The central core, with the most basic survival functions, is located in the middle, surrounded by the part of the brain, the cerebrum, which houses the personality, higher thought, emotion, and intellectual capabilities. It is not an accident that the most crucial parts of the brain are protected within the cerebrum.”
Because of the snow days, she was trying to fit a lot of material into one day to keep up with the schedule, so I didn’t start this debate. My one question was, “What's the evolutionary purpose for developing a personality and emotion at all?”
After an awkward silence, she replied, “That’s actually a really good question,” and explained how perhaps personality lent itself to higher social structures, but no one really knows for sure. Even a perspective that denies faith in God relies so much on faith in the unknown...?