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Methodological Behaviorism

  1. Mar 6, 2009 #1
    Hi, I'm stuck on this problem and I was wondering if you guys can give me any insights about it using methodological behaviorism to explain it.

    Your knee will jerk if something were to hit it. Is this because of your belief/desires? If it isn't, would going out with your friends to watch a film be any different?
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  3. Mar 8, 2009 #2


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    The major problem with behaviourism is the fallacious belief that it cannot be scientific to construct models that include elements one cannot directly observe.

    Physics would have stagnated at Renaissance level if it were not for its willingness to construct such models.

    The point of empirical science is NOT that we are merely to collect data and set them in some sort of "system".

    Rather, we are to CONSTRUCT models that have predictable and detectable CONSEQUENCES, and then go into the lab trying to see whether those consequences occur or not.

    By limiting itself to collecting and systematizing data, behaviourism has reduced itself to produce uninteresting curve-fitting results.
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