3 more “thunks” for Psychologists

Following my previous post about using “thunks” (inspired by Ian Gilbert) to introduce a philosophical style of thinking to the classroom, here are 3 more that could be good for Psychologists in particular.

  1. If non-human animals don’t cry, does this mean that humans are the saddest of all the species?
  2. Is it possible to measure love?
  3. If wisdom comes with age and experience, are you more intelligent now than you were yesterday? [follow with: What about last week/month/year? etc)

This last question could instigate a discussion about IQ as a measure of intelligence and whether it is stable, the concept of multiple intelligences, the gradual nature of development, what it means to be “intelligent”, whether the old wives tale about wisdom and age is actually even true and where these common sense assumptions come from as well as their potential to bias the research questions we pose.


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