Friday, September 25, 2015

Ethics can marry Behavioural Psychology to fix problem behaviours of the power elites.

A little story about a $20 burglary by Rite Aid upon one of its customers is turning into a bit of a manifesto against the highly unethical profession called Applied Behavior Analysis‬ (ABA) and its misguided ways of doing things, but in favor of the marriage of Ethics and Behavior Modification into an ethical inquiry of the sciences of human behavior or, if you will grant me the term, into the field of Behavioral Ethics.

It seems obvious that since behavioral psychology has the most highly developed scientific methodology regarding how to change behavior, though it unfortunately has a horribly unethical record, and since ethicists are pretty good at deciding how behavior ought to change, but they've decidedly failed if they've ever tried to fill the world with well-behaved leaders, that the only way humanity can save itself from annihilation before we colonize outer space, where we'll be capable of moving to other planets before we blow up the planets we inhabit, is to learn en masse how to change the behaviors we ought to change coupled with a highly-developed popular philosophy concerning what behaviors ought to change. Neither human science nor ethics is more important than the other. The professionals in these fields need to work together and teach the public their ways, in balanced combination with each other.

Furthermore, if the populace only knew how to modify the behavior of the power elites in ways that these they would appreciate, even though ABA has abused its power and led by dismal example, which makes convincing the public to accept Behavioral Ethics an extremely daunting task, then we can teach the people how to change the behavior of the most powerful forces of society in highly ethical ways. From among the ranks of the 99%, international leaders would rise and become well-loved by the great numbers of individuals of all walks and stripes. Only then can the planet solve its addiction to punishment run amok. Hopefully, it's not too late!


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