John Watson

"Give me a dozen healthy infants, well-formed, and my own specified world to bring them up in and I'll guarantee to take any one at random and train him to become any type of specialist I might select -- doctor, lawyer, artist, ..., regardless of his talents, penchants, tendencies, abilities, vocations, and race of his ancestors."
--John Watson, Behaviorism, 1930

What is Watson saying? Do you agree? Why or why not?

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2 years ago
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I agree with what Watson is saying. He is saying that even if your natural skills are, say numbers, you are totally capable of doing work that requires less numbers and more literature. With hard work and dedication anyone can succeed at anything. For example, there are many people that have trouble with math, so they get tutors which helps them get better at math. That is how I interpreted what Watson was saying

2 years ago
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Watson is saying that no matter what the child is like he could raise them to be any type of specialist he wanted. I disagree with that because people become what they are because of their abilities and if the child does not show those abilities then they are not going to be able to become what he wants.

2 years ago
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I don't agree with what Watson is saying. You can't make these children however you want them to be. You may try, and sometimes even be successful. But do you really think these children would be happy? People need to be who that are meant to be, not how someone else perceives them.

2 years ago
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I do not completely agree with what Watson is saying. I do believe that a childs environment does play a big role in who he becomes later in life, but I do not think you can mold them into someone specific.

2 years ago
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He saying that he can take anyone and make them into anything he desires. Which is true, skills and some talents can be learned. Is it right? No, not at all. In many families their are people born and bred for specific jobs.

2 years ago
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He is saying that if you start with good genetics, you can nurture a child to be anything you want them to be in the future.

2 years ago
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While I don't agree with the ethics of this experiment, I do agree with his supposition.

2 years ago
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I agree with a few of my peers. He is basically saying that you can mold someone into being whoever you want them to be. While likewise this is somewhat true only you can truly become what you want because you have the ability to do and be whoever you want. The only things parents, teachers, peers, and mentors do is help influence your decisions. Then it your choice on whether or not you go with the advice or you take your own path.

2 years ago
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I agree with Watson because I feel that if you start teaching a child things at a young age, then they will be conditioned that way. I don't think people are born into anything; I think they they are taught things and grow from what they are taught and how they think.

2 years ago
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Watson is saying that everyone is a product of their environment. I disagree. Are there people who are more easily influenced than others? Sure. However, let's not forget that in this world rebels do exist. There are people who go against the grain. People who dispise the environment they're in and change it. Do you now how many parents pushed their kids into one of those listed feilds only for them to become artists and musicians, and dancers, and actors, and writers. Watson is putting everyone in a box and not accounting for the exceptions. And there are a lot.