There are numerous flaws in logical behaviorism which is why it iswidely rejected.
It has been dismissed by many scientists for denialof the effects of consciousness. This theory put humans and animals on the samecognitive processes. This is wrong because humans are more advanced andknowledgeable than animals. It assumes that everyone has commonbehavioral patterns, so they are thinking the same. That would beimpossible. For instance, two people can both get in a car accident, buthave different responses.
As mentionedin the previous paragraph, people’s pain tolerance can bedifferent. They can go through different emotions or lie about how they feel.There are people in the army companies who are taught to hide theiremotions. Behaviorism can’t account for all that, whichmakes it invalid. Hilary Putnam offers adequate objection toBehaviorism. He states, imagine a society full of super Spartansand they kept all their pain internal, not showing anything toanyone.
By doing so, they caused behaviorism to assume they don’thave pain. This undermines the behaviorist theory.1 Another reason it is rejected isthat it denies desires have an effect on a person’s behavior.This is inaccurate because you analyze belief not in terms ofbehavior, but in terms of behavior plus desire. For instance, aperson can be sick, but not show it. A behaviorist would assume thatthe person is perfectly healthy. With all the technology that hasdeveloped, a behaviorism is automatically rejected because people can seethe importance of mental states. There are machines like MRI thatshow how a person is going through mental pains.
Also, there is a wayto estimate a person’s pain levels. The mental states have strongeffects on people and for a behaviorist to deny it is wrong. Mentalstates influence an individual’s behavior and can cause individuals to lieor tell the truth. Since mental states have that much control over people’sbehavior, how could it be not added to behaviorism. This theory focuses alot on figuring out other people’s minds from their behavior, but it doesnot account how individuals know their own mental states.
We don’t need tolook at our behavior to figure out our mood. Behaviorism seemslike an unfinished theory that could use improvement. 1″Arguments for and againstBehaviorism,” Philosophy 156: Arguments for and against Behaviorism, accessedDecember 19, 2017, http://www.jimpryor.net/teaching/courses/mind/notes/behaviorism.