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Old 07-20-2007, 04:39 PM
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B.F. Skinner


Your comment (8-15-2003)concerning B.F. Skinner that "His insistence that internal mental states and processes didn't exist because they couldn't be measured was simplistic" is a common misperception of the radical behaviorism founded by Dr. Skinner. His assertion is not that these internal states did not exist, but that they could only be observed by the person experiencing them. Further, although this poses a measurement problem, there was no reason to believe that these phenomenon were not explainable by principals of behavior similar to those responsible for more objectively observable behavior. That is, just beacuse only one person could observe it did not make it magical, just harder to study.
 

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