Behaviorism - A Methodological Proposal of Explaining the Behavior
Introspection is a notoriously unreliable method for gathering information for scientific theories. There are 2 problems:
1) The introspection data is private. It is impossible for someone from …show more content…
This is a myth and the autonomous man is an illusion
We are determined, we are not free (foods that we dislike or the extra Y chromosome in criminal males - are we responsible )
If a serial killer was discovered to have an extra Y chromosome, the behaviorist would say is choices really aren’t free and he doesn’t have any control over it and there is nothing to stop or prevent him from doing so. He will act accordingly and we as citizens and judicial advocates will say he is responsible for those actions and he is justifiable to be blamed (autonomous man)
Skinner says this is an illusion. His theme would be “the elimination of the autonomous man”. All human action and events are the inevitable product of a series of prior anteceded forces that the individual has little control over.
Behaviorist’s Manifesto “We can follow the path taken by physics and biology by turning directly to the relation between behavior and the environment and neglecting supposed mediating state of mind” “We can be just like them real scientists if we do things a certain way” An attitude of scientific wannabes; they want to be taken seriously as scientists, which they are not; by changing the focus of our attention from the internal state of mind and events to the behavior which is publicly observable. The analysis will rest