Dimensions of Reality Part 1/5 Video

Meet Dr. Recep Yaparel, psychologist and professor of Religion at Dokuz Eylul University, who believes that our reality is split into 4 distinct ecologies - physical, social, cultural and transcendental. Part 1/5.
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MaryLynn: When we speak about reality, what are we really talking about? When people use the expressions, get real or you've lost touch with reality, what do they really mean? We've spoken with a number of researchers who have concluded that there isn't one dimension of reality that is more valid than another. Does that surprise you? It’s probably a little unnerving for most people. Welcome to Matters and Beyond, I'm your host MaryLynn Schiavi. A number of researchers in the areas of epistemology, the study of knowledge. And ontology, the study of the nature of reality. And quantum physics are asserting that there are actually different layers of reality. Our next guest believes that these different layers of reality could even be look at as different ecologies in which we live. And our reality is actually split in 4 distinct ecologies, the physical, social, cultural, and transcendental. Join us for this journey into the true nature of reality. Male: Dr. Recep Yaparel is a psychologist and professor of religion at Dokuz Eylul University. His interest in human behavior was ignited at a very early age. Dr. Yaparel: When I was in high school, the psychology course interests me very much. Because in that course we have learned about the human behaviors. So when I was during adolescent period, I was very interested in why people do the things in the way they do? Male: While he learned that there are many perpectism in human behavior, he was drawn to a certain area. Dr. Yaparel: I saw that there are a lot of theoretical hypothesis to the human behavior or actions in its psychology area. Some of them interested me much more than the other ones. Male: Dr. Yaparel, was most interested in what is now known as cognitive therapy. Dr. Yaparel: Because I thought that human beings are thinking creatures, so first we need to understand the cognitive process, I thought. Male: According to Dr. Yaparel, a traditional analysis is more popular than other approaches. Dr. Yaparel: In psychology courses, we studied some attributional theories. In those years, the attributional analysis were more used by some psychologist, because the attributional analysis depends on cognitive processes. Male: For Dr. Yaparel, there are different ways that human beings understand their identity in the world. Dr. Yaparel: We studied some ecological hypothesis to the human behavior. For example, one of them was about the identity formation. Male: For researchers like Dr. Yaparel, people live in different ecologies. Others might call these levels of reality. Dr. Yaparel: For example, there was a theory about these issues which is called ecologies theory of identity. According to this theory, human beings are perceived in different ecological systems. Male: Dr. Yaparel feels that people ask different questions about the world within each of these ecologies or levels of reality. Dr. Yaparel: For example, he needs to answer these question, what am I? So in that ecology, people need to communicate with his environment in a right way. He needs to find right solutions to his physical questions.

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