To speak honestly, I have never taken general psychology, so I wouldn't know what the themes are. Probably stuff like "basic" human emotions, sensory stuff maybe memory and the like. You can basically take any fictional book and apply those things to it. So I don't know what to tell you. Both The Foundation and Robot series by Asimov are great for human interaction and societies. Theres also The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas which was partly the basis for the Shawshank Redemption movie. Anyway, I have no idea :) Let me know if your fictional writing class assigns something- they usually do.
Being a minister, you see crap that the flock is often ignorant too. Most xians don't get the education a minister gets and my education was good in that it taught me to think critically... thinking critically and reasonably is what helped me let go of my faith in the mythology.
Ahh... not interested in fiction :( Well, you're not the only one and I can understand that. I guess a big part of my life revolve's around fiction, especially since it gives me ideas for my own research and I love imagining futuristic stuff. But I love real science, too, which is why I engage in it :) Often truth can be stranger than fiction I have noticed.
Hey, well your enthusiasm is infectious :) I think that access to information isn't enough because nearly everyone can connect to the internet or check out books from a library. I believe the desire to pursue and obtain information makes for free-thinking and non-religious individuals. Thanks for introducing me to the transhumanist movement, though. I had never heard of it until now- and I read enough about humanoid robots to find that fascinating! Have you ever read Asimov's Robot series? You should, it's very interesting.
Yeah, LOST is getting ridiculous (not that it hasn't been) with the mysteries being answered by things that make even less sense than the original mystery. I am totally prepared for a very large disappointment in a couple of weeks. i am already half way there.