What consciousness is on both the individual and group levels, how is is shaped and changed, how it can become revolutionary class consciousness--all these have been and remain critical questions for those organizing for change. This is how we will approach the subject of psychology in this department, but we also will not be limited by this focus. We are well aware that the matter is wide and deep, and many features of the history and scope of consciousness are still unfolding.
On the BioSocial Being
A 48-minute lecture by Philosopher Ian Hacking on the anchoring of the self and its identity in both biological and social realities.
The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World
Psychiatrist McGilchist debunks myths of split brain functioning and explains how the left and right hemispheres of the brain always work together, yet still have different specializations. He posits that their strengths (and physical size) have evolved with the demands of modern life, and that although the left hemisphere may be useful for more concrete tasks, the right brain is equally valuable.
There is a Policeman Inside All Our Heads
The 'Century of the Self' is a British television documentary film that focuses its attention on Sigmund Freud's family, especially his daughter and nephew, who exerted a surprising amount of influence on the way corporations and governments throughout the 20th century have thought about, and dealt with people. 56 minutes.
How Memory Works in Shaping the Self
A 2008 BBC Documentary in 5 parts
Evolution of Mind and Brain
Dr. Anna Dornhaus, professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona, explains how each animal has specific learning abilities and lacks others according to its environment and evolutionary history. Understanding what different brains are used for can help us understand why they evolved. One hour.
REBT: Psychoanalysis for the Masses
Albert Ellis, who created Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) in 1955, revolutionized the field of self-help and personal development. 4 Short Videos.
Frantz Fanon Documentary - Black Skin, White Mask: In 5 10-minute videos.
"Visually stunning and intellectually provocative, Isaac Julien's film is an eloquent and complex exploration of the life and legacy of this century's most compelling theorist of racism and colonialism." --Angela Davis, University of California, Santa Cruz
THE MASS PYSCHOLOGY OF FASCISM by Wilhelm Reich
Reich joined the Communist Party of Germany (KPD) upon moving his psychoanalytic practice to Berlin in 1930. The Mass Psychology of Fascism, however, was seen as being so critical of the Nazi regime (as well as the Communist regime in the Soviet Union) that Reich was considered to be a liability to the KPD and was kicked out of the party upon the book's publication in 1933. The question at the heart of Reich's book was this: Why did the masses turn to authoritarianism which is clearly against their interests? Reich set out to analyze "the economic and ideological structure of German society between 1928 and 1933" in this book. In it, he calls Stalinism "red fascism" and groups it in the same category as Nazism, and this led to him being kicked out of the Communist Party. Despite the validity of this latter point, and Reich's descent into quackery and mental illness in his leter years, this work remains a classic, with deep insights on the subject of fascism. Download the entire book here
THE QUESTION OF THE SELF AND FOUCAULT: In his 1983 Berkeley lectures in English on “The Culture of the Self,” Foucault stated and restated the question in a variety of ways—“What are we in our actuality?,” “What are we today?”—and his investigations amount to “an alternative to the traditional philosophical questions: What is the world? What is man? What is truth? What is knowledge? How can we know something? Here are his answers in a five-part video series. ACCESS HERE.
The Century of the Self. BBC TV Video, 4-hours. "This series is about how those in power have used Freud's theories to try and control the dangerous crowd in an age of mass democracy." —Adam Curtis' introduction to the first episode. Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, changed the perception of the human mind and its workings. His influence on the twentieth century is generally considered profound. The series describes the propaganda that Western governments and corporations have utilized stemming from Freud's theories. Access Here