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Similarly, a cognitive explanation will always appear to make sense out of  the behavior of the subject and therefore will always appear to be a better  explanation than a behavioral explanation. A behaviorist would argue that  explaining how the outer animal behaves with the use of an internal  processing center is simply explaining on "credit." The real explanation is  simply put off for another day and will eventually have to be paid in full  with interest. A critical point of focus in evaluating any theory, therefore,  is the degree to which it invokes some power within the organism to decide  what to do (e.g., the child  uses  a rule to decide which alternative to select,  the rat retrospectively  evaluates  the correlation, etc.). To the degree that  the behavior of an inner rat decides the behavior of the outer rat, the  explanation is empty, and is, in fact, silly. Spending explanatory capital  that you do not have requires that you then focus your effort on paying 
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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