Upon Further Reflection: View from the Other Side of “Windows on the 21st Century”
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Three points discussed in Glenn (1993) are reviewed in the context of current events: the discipline of behavior analysis as a cultural system, the importance of that discipline in the training and regulation of behavior analytic practitioners, and Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) as a cultural subsystem that links to all the other parts and therefore links the other parts to one another. Noting similarities between behavior analysis and biology, I consider the growth of biological sciences as a model for behavior analysis. Of particular importance for biology has been the role of basic biological sciences in the practice of medicine and the resulting feedback loops that have developed among its basic sciences, applied sciences, and medical practice. I suggest that behavior analysis explicitly follow this model and that ABAI has a critical role to play in leading the field to developing the feedback loops that have integrated the biological sciences and medicine.
KeywordsScience Practice Biology Medicine Association for Behavior Analysis Feedback loops
I thank Matt Normand for the invitation to ponder again these topics and for his patience while I sorted out what I had to say. I also thank Philip N. Hineline for encouraging me actually to submit it; his astute comments and editorial suggestions are gratefully acknowledged.
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