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Review of Verbal Behavior by B.F. Skinner
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Nov 30, 08

it was amazing
bookshelves: social-science, sets-the-standard, psychology
Recommended for: Linguistics students
Read in October, 2008

Chomsky crushes B.F. Skinner's totally ungrounded book Verbal Behavior. Chomsky's "Review" is extremely dense and technical, recommended only for linguistics students and other social science students. The article is composed of nine major analytical points over the first two thirds (about 20 pages) with another third of the article spent on 48 detailed footnotes clarifying the above nine points. Chomsky is thorough, clear, and relatively concise (considering how much information he covers in 30 pages), which together make the text very dense and a lot of work to get through.

This is the definitive response to Skinner, and to the entire school of naively reductive Behaviorism to which Skinner belongs.
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