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Single Idea 6554

[catalogued under 17. Mind and Body / B. Behaviourism / 4. Behaviourism Critique]

Full Idea

Old joke: two Behaviourists meet in the street, and the first says,"You're fine; how am I?"

Gist of Idea

Two behaviourists meet. The first says,"You're fine; how am I?"


William Lycan (Consciousness [1987], n1.6)

Book Reference

Lycan,William G.: 'Consciousness' [MIT 1995], p.131

A Reaction

This invites the response that introspection is uniquely authoritative about 'how we are', but this has been challenged quite a lot recently, which pushes us to consider whether these stupid behaviourists might actually have a good point.