Paradoxical introspection

2008-06-07*), Oswald Wiener gave a talk with the title “Der Automaten-Begriff als Werkzeug der Erkenntnispsychologie”. When he spoke about the Würzburg School he quoted several of their test questions which they used in psychology experiments. One of them was:

Do you agree with the following statement?
— We condemn everything that can be explained.

According to Wiener, if the test person answered “yes” she or he was asked to explain by means of introspection which thoughts etc. led to the affirmation.

*) For those who know the delicate history, his talk was given in Hs. 1 of the “NIG” at University of Vienna.

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