Last week was special. This year, the Society for Psychologists and Philosophers was hosting their annual meeting here in Ann Arbor. The president of this organization was one of the principal investigators in the internship. We were encouraged by our respective PI’s to visit some of the sessions SPP was hosting, but I didn’t need anybody to try to persuade me. One of the reasons why I chose to pursue psychology was to learn how to merge empiricism and moral philosophy. When I looked I at the schedule for the program and all the topics they were planning to discuss were right up my valley. In addition, they were inviting people who were spearheading their field. There was no way I was going to miss this opportunity.
The entire experience was nerve stimulating. It was as every bit as sophisticated, stimulating, and informative as I thought it would be. It was really an invaluable experience because it gave me broad picture of the status psychology and philosophy are at and the direction both are heading. The ideas that were discussed were fresh and relevant and provocative. I’m glad attended because before I was beginning to think that there really that much left to explore. I read so much of the topic I’m interested in that I felt that every new book I read was simply telling me what I already knew but just with different words. Now, I realize that there are so many more questions that could keep me busy for a lifetime.