Skinner's double life as both perpetrator and innocent victim: a reply to Baars

Toates, Frederick (2004). Skinner's double life as both perpetrator and innocent victim: a reply to Baars. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 11(9) pp. 57–63.

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Abstract

In response to Baars’ (2003a) contribution, it is argued that crucial elements of Skinner’s perspective need to be integrated within a broader context of psychology including consciousness studies. The behaviourists championed processes that are an integral part of our psychological composition. The history of psychology is one of pointless fragmentation, with particular processes being adopted by charismatic advocates and turned into an all-embracing philosophy. Skinner was not alone in doing this. Skinner’s double life, it is argued, as an instance of a duality of existence, is a feature that applies to most if not all people.

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