In other words his ability to argue convincingly has caused his theories to be dominant for longer than they should be.
argued with Lockoff
The point here is we can invent a behaviorist story for any response. But we can’t predict the response before we show the stimulus because humans are complex creatures capable of lots of interpretations, of seeing the same thing in many ways. This means that all behaviorist explanations can do is desribe the situation after the fact, not predict and explain before the fact..
Other animals are capable of operant conditioning of many types but not language. Famously researchers spent years trying to teach Nim Chimpsky, a chimpanzee to use sign language, but Nim could not, despite seeming to be very intelligent by chimp standards.
The Critical period is time span over which people can learn things “optimally”. In other words, if you don’t learn a first language at all in the first five years of life, chances are that you will always be noticably worse than those that do learn in such a way. If you make some progress in speaking a second language before your early teens, you have a remarkably higher chance of achieving full fluency that someone who does not.
The whole purpose of language is of course to communicate with other members of our species. We would have no use for it otherwise
Social isolation causes mental and even physical dysfunction
Pretty Obvious Answer, in fact only one in 35 participants got any of these questions wrong when they were asked about these in isolation. But let’s look at what happens when they are in a room with a group of people
If there were no confederates only 1 out of 35 participants
37 % make mistake with three partners
conformity occurs even when individuals are confident in their judgment