Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Noam Chomsky (2017) said, "Behaviorism can't die. It doesn't matter how often it's refuted and how fully it's refuted, it comes right back to life."

Chomsky (March 27, 2017). Noam Chomsky on Behaviorism.

"Behaviorism can't die. It doesn't matter how often it's refuted and how fully it's refuted, it comes right back to life.... Back around the early 60's, Skinner's two main students (the Brelands)...discovered that when they were training an animal, they got the expected results, up to a certain point. Then the results started to deteriorate."


Breland and Breland (1961). The misbehavior of organisms.

"In our attempt to extend a behavioristically oriented approach to the engineering control of animal behavior by operant condi- tioning techniques, we have fought a running battle1with the seditious notion of instinct (p. 681).... The examples listed we feel represent a clear and utter failure of conditioning theory (p. 683)."

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