A Bridge to the Ghetto?

[from Gary Cziko 931029.1930 GMT]

With all this talk about (and attempts at) bridge building, a curious
thought appeared.

Has anybody who has ever been achieved wide recognition and professional
success in the behavioral or social or related sciences ever been
"converted" to the PCT way of looking at behavior? Someone, for example,
who publishes extensively in the most exclusive journals and has written
popular textbooks and makes lots of money at some university or research

What would such a person find in PCT? Isolation from and rejection by
esteemed colleagues and friends. Wouldn't they have to be a little bit (or
very) crazy to throw away what they have achieved for the PCT ghetto? Greg
Williams suggests that we can get these types aboard if we show them that
PCT can help them solve their problems. WHAT PROBLEMS? They've got it
made already in terms of prestige and financial rewards. Even Bill Powers
has on occasion discouraged graduate students from getting into PCT so as
not to jeopardize their studies and career.

While I will continue to invite such people into CSGnet discussions, I will
be very surprised if any of them, such as Wickens, elects to walk across
the bridge to the PCT ghetto and leave the glitzy downtown and comfortable
suburbs behind.--Gary

P.S. Although the ghetto IS quite cozy and quaint in its own way, isn't it?


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