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October 1931

Gestalt Psychologie.

Arch NeurPsych. 1931;26(4):902. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1931.02230100220021

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Abstract

Progress in science has been made against the resistance of common sense. To those who can see only the obvious, each bit of scientific truth must come as a shock. Just as the philosopher and scientist have been about to agree that things are not what they seem, Kohler has presented himself with his Gestalt psychology. This is a glorification of the cult of common sense; "horse sense" might be a better term. His style is charming, and many of his ideas are stimulating, but one can almost see the thumb in the vest, and almost hear the patronizing: "Of course, that's so—common sense will tell you that!"

Kohler points out that a concept is more than a sum of its sensations; one might know all the notes that Beethoven used and yet, were that all one knew, one would know nothing of the ninth symphony. Psychology, as Kohler sees

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