“The behaviorist is knowingly & cheerfully up to his neck in innate mechanisms of learning-readiness. The very reinforcement and extinction of responses, so central to behaviorism, depends on prior inequalities in the subject’s qualitative spacing, so to speak, of stimulations….” W. Quine in Linguistics & Philosophy as quoted in “The Cambridge companion to Quine, Cambridge University Press 2004, p. 190.
“Science settles for partial criteria and for partial explanation in terms of other partially explained notions.” W. Quine in Comment on Parsons, ibid, p.191.
[Re-posted from The Old Site, original dd. 09-03-2008. The original noted at the end (to be redone) & I will have done my best but as I am too tired to even consider posting anything original: so probably again to no avail. In other words: there’s some seriously heavy, and mainly long, stuff ahead!]
Science is becoming suspect. Again. Behaviorism is worse than suspect. It is itself already for a long time under attack, even from within science. ‘There just has to be more than what can be detected on the surface’ one can almost hear the post-post-modern people thinking. Behaviorism is criminal. There just has to be another valid point of view; one that allows for some real depth.