Molar Reductionism



In the past few years, I have been concerned about the state of psychology as a science. I have been expressing this concern in a series of papers concerned with such things as the psychobiology of language development (Petrinovich, 1972), the evolution of language (Petrinovich, 1976), the methodological traditions and shortcomings of psychology as a science (Petrinovich, l973a), and these principles as examined in the context of a research problem (Petrinovich, 1973b). This series of papers has led me to a series of questions. Have we progressed toward an understanding of the behavior of organisms? Do we know much more now than we did 50 years ago about what organisms are likely to do in the environmental contexts that are representative of their life space? Are we approaching a better understanding of why organisms adapt to certain situations in the way they do, and why they do not adapt in an adequate manner to other situations? I have come to the awareness that we have not made a great deal of progress toward finding the answers to these questions, and that it is time for us to confront these issues full face and to stop merely casting sideways glances at them. After all, they do comprise the major tasks for psychology as a science.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of CaliforniaRiversideUSA

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