Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Quote of the Day

Also known as the controversial "12 Infants" quote, the following is one of my favorites.
I love the confidence of this quote (even though he was being intentionally over-confident), which is the power of the environment to shape behavior.

“ 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, merchant-chief and, yes, even beggar-man and thief, regardless of his talents, penchants, tendencies, abilities, vocations, and race of his ancestors. I am going beyond my facts and I admit it, but so have the advocates of the contrary and they have been doing it for many thousands of years." 
John Watson, 1930.


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