By C. James Goodwin

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For example, because we know that children will often do things that work effectively for them, it is not hard to predict a tantrum in the toy department of a crowded store if that behavior has yielded toys for a child in the past. And because behavior learned in one setting tends to generalize to similar environments, it isn’t hard to predict a tantrum in Wal-Mart for the child whose tantrums have worked effectively in Target. Concerning the matter of free choice, the positivist philosopher of science Rudolph Carnap argued that free choice is actually meaningless unless determinism is true, because choices should be made on some reasonable basis and there can be no such basis for a choice unless the world is lawful.

That is, science produces knowledge that is public knowledge. This process of reproducing a study to determine if its results occur reliably is called replication, and you will learn more about it in Chapter 3. In general, as results are replicated, public confidence in the reality of some psychological phenomenon is increased. On the other hand, questions are raised when results cannot be replicated. As you will learn in the next chapter, a failure to replicate is also how scientific fraud is sometimes suspected and then uncovered.

Of course, relying on the authority of others to establish our beliefs overlooks the fact that authorities can be wrong. Some parents pass along harmful prejudices to their children, textbooks and professors are sometimes wrong, or their knowledge may be incomplete or biased, and doctors can miss a diagnosis or prescribe the wrong medicine. An important aspect of the attitude of a critical thinker is the willingness to question authority. On the other hand, we do learn important things from authority figures, especially those who are recognized as experts in particular fields.

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