On the Further Mechanization of the Human Body (Part IV)

Matt Maday

Let’s look at a perhaps overlooked similarity between the cognitive and behavioral perspectives: binary. Computers use binary as a means of telling which switches are on and which switches are off; each task is the result of certain switches in certain positions. In behaviorism, rewards and punishments are the 1 and 0 equivalents. Rewards and punishments necessarily follow a behavior, however, whereas the patterns of zeros and ones coded as binary necessarily precede a computer task. Is this because behaviorism is the mode of the past and cognitive psychology is the mode of the future?

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