The Behavior Analyst

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 37–41 | Cite as

Humility, Science, and Etiological Behaviorism

  • William Timberlake
  • Andrew R. Delamater


Arrogance and combativeness is a sure path to resistance and has doubtless been responsible for more than a few of the difficulties the field of behavior analysis and science in general have encountered. On the other hand an inappropriate humility is a sure course toward being ignored and our science disregarded. More humility of the sort espoused above and in Neuringer’s article coupled with a less humble commitment to the scientific process could go a long way toward advancing the analysis of behavior beyond its promising beginning.


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© Association for Behavior Analysis International 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • William Timberlake
    • 1
  • Andrew R. Delamater
    • 1
  1. 1.Indiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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