April 10, 2018

The value of values

Everyday references to values don’t provide much in the way of hints about their fundamental nature. Our vernacular way of talking about values generally suggests that […]
February 27, 2018

Is your behavior really yours?

The syntax of our vernacular dialect suggests that behavior originates in, comes from, or is possessed by the organism. It is difficult to casually refer to […]
January 22, 2018

Rules are for amateurs

In this post, I’m going to wander a bit afield from my usual focus on how we talk about behavior from a conceptual or theoretical perspective. […]
December 17, 2017

The seduction of temporally proximate causes

We grow up seeing causation in the world around us in its simplest terms – the stack of blocks fell over because our little brother hit […]
November 21, 2017

As if

We do it all the time and it seems so harmless – saying something about behavior but adding a speculation beginning with “as if.” “She was […]
October 17, 2017

Can you be you responsible for your behavior? Should you be?

Tricky questions, perhaps because they come from different places and lead to different answers. There is more to this topic that you might suspect, so this […]
September 6, 2017

Identifying a behavior

A recent thread on the Applied Behavior Analysis Facebook page asked the following question: “Can non-verbal animals mand or is this strictly a human verbal operant?” […]
August 3, 2017

You don’t have to understand

One of the more common convictions shared by everyday folk – that is, those who haven’t been enlightened by training in behavior analysis – is that […]
June 28, 2017

Can you step outside your history?

Regardless of when you studied to become a behavior analyst, your journey was guided by the work of B. F. Skinner. Through his 20 books and […]