Quantitative models of behavior are becoming the method of choice in the analysis of behavior. Any model which correctly predicts and correctly quantifies the relationship between the environment and behavior is potentially of great importance. Competing models are to be judged on the basis of their ability to produce all those elements presented under “truth” and “understanding” and further elaborated in Chapter 4. A model must have generality, must be accurate and must minimize free parameters. It must also have theoretical machinery which correctly links it to other levels of paradigmatic molarity and time scales of adaptation. If the model suggests that it is anything more than a way of describing relationships, then that's another matter. The phrase, rule-governed behavior, versus rule-describable behavior captures this important issue. The first implies
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