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February 16, 2020 - Scientific American

How to Make the Study of Consciousness Scientifically Tractable

How to Make the Study of Consciousness Scientifically Tractable
Harlow Animal Experiment (1958) Credit: Harry Harlow

Strangely, modern science was long dominated by the idea that to be scientific means to remove consciousness from our explanations, in order to be “objective.” This was the rationale behind behaviorism, a now-dead theory of psychology that took this trend to a perverse extreme.

Behaviorists like John Watson and B.F. Skinner scrupulously avoided any discussion of what their human or animal subjects thought, intended or wanted, and focused instead entirely on behavior.

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