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Unformatted text preview: November 12, 2007 Objections 2) When Skinner allows that with feelings, the private person has useful information, the behavioral scientist no longer seems to have such an adequate basis for observation and perhaps anticipation of human behavior. 3) Skinner makes question begging assumptions (i.e. he assumes what he needs to show). 4) It is not clear what is observing the internal states. Observations without an observer is really kind of unthinkable. 5) Feelings and thoughts are not observations. A) Reductionism 1) Reductionism (in the neutral, non pejorative sense) Would be a theoretical view holding that complicated seeming entities or phenomena of Type X can be reduced to (ie adequately explained in terms of) simpler entities or phenomena of type Y. For example, some would claim that beliefs (mental) reduce to certain brain states.(physical)For example, some would claim that beliefs (mental) reduce to certain brain states....
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