Paul N. Chance

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Gottlieb’s developmental psychobiology book provides a base for reexamining the place of the experimental analysis of behavior in the life sciences. His experimental program demonstrating the critical function of the environment in the development of a species-typical behavior helped force an acceptance of probabilistic epigenesis, the acknowledgment that(More)
For much of his career, B. F. Skinner displayed the optimism that is often attributed to behaviorists. With time, however, he became less and less sanguine about the power of behavior science to solve the major problems facing humanity. Near the end of his life he concluded that a fair consideration of principles revealed by the scientific analysis of(More)
The year of Thorndike’s dissertation on animal intelligence, 1898, may mark the beginning of the field that eventually became known as the experimental analysis of behavior. The dissertation began a major shift in thinking about animal and human learning, provided important methodological innovations, and carried the seeds of later research and theory,(More)
The debate over global warming is over. That was the implicit message of a public letter that appeared in the journal Science on May 7, 2010, signed by 255 members of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, including Lonnie Thompson. The letter declared that ‘‘there is compelling, comprehensive, and consistent objective evidence that humans are(More)
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