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  • adj. Of or pertaining to mentalism.

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  • adj. Of or pertainig to mentalism.


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  • It is one of the ironies of the history of behaviorism that behaviorists should have failed to see that the notion of a human action must be a "mentalistic" and "introspective" notion since it essentially involves the notion of human intentions.

    A Special Supplement: Chomsky's Revolution in Linguistics

  • A superb column also covering other examples of utter mentalistic madness.

    Blast From The Past « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • But these are not scientific conclusions, and they are obviously using the same vague, ambiguous senses of these mentalistic terms that we find in the dictionary.

    Bunny and a Book

  • It appears you and I have similar views about a lot of these issues, but – as is so often the case – it is the mentalistic/teleological terminology that made this impossible to see until we went through a series clarifications.

    Bunny and a Book

  • (Kasparov claimed to have detected "intelligence", but as we've seen these dictionary-defined mentalistic terms are all too vague for discussions like these).

    Bunny and a Book

  • So, the differences arise because we are using these mentalistic words differently, and not from differences in what we believe about evolutionary mechanisms.

    Bunny and a Book

  • The approach you seem to advocate is to simply bracket all questions about the referrents of mentalistic terms, and proceed according to intuitionism.

    Are dem bunny prints?

  • Again the problem is playing fast and loose with mentalistic concepts just keeps the confusion going.

    Bunny and a Book

  • In contrast, ID proponents attempt to equivocate on all of these mentalistic words – intelligence, will, choice, purpose, intent, and so on – and deny that operationalized definitions are required for any of them in order to investigate them.

    Bunny and a Book

  • The issues with operationalizing mentalistic concepts are not my own discovery – scientists have been debating these issues for many decades.

    Bunny and a Book


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