User Profile: formidable_foe


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  • September 30, 2014 at 9:07pm

    The thing to remember re: behavior is that all conscious behavior is purposeful… it is either to gain something we want, or avoid something we don’t want. Interestingly, we can say that all anger results from either failing to get what we wanted or getting what we didn’t want.

  • [1] September 30, 2014 at 4:59pm

    Agreed! I miss the TD celebrations… The Icky shuffle, Billy “white shoes” Johnson’s leg shaking, players high-stepping across the goal line, moonwalks, etc….. The Lambeau leap and Cruz’s salsa dance are not enough to sustain me…. WE NEED MORE!!!!

  • September 30, 2014 at 2:39pm

    “He (Pavlov) was not trying to prove that his bell made the dog salivate. We know it did because it did.”

    Pavlov’s entire experiment was to prove that a stimulus that consistently elicits a response can be paired with another stimuli (in this case, a bell) which over time can also independently elicit the desired response. We only know the bell CAN elicit the salivating because his testing proved it can.


    You are correct about the terminology… it was actually Classical Conditioning that Pavlov was doing, not operant. However, I did not comment at all on “negative reinforcement,” so I’m not sure where your comment on that was coming from. Since you brought this up though, I will say to you that negative reinforcement is not “withdrawing an aversive situation based on a behavior,” as you put it. It is a behavior being rewarded (& continuing) due to the removal of a stimulus, typically aversive but not necessarily… although, it seems like avoidant behavior fits in here somewhere, e.g., the boy who takes out the trash to avoid being yelled at by his father. It’s been a long time, so I’m open to having my memory refreshed.

  • [-1] September 29, 2014 at 6:14pm


    So, Pavlov did not prove via operant conditioning, that the bell caused his dog to salivate? In other words, even though there was a significant statistical correlation observed, there could be other variables/stimuli that accounted for the salivation (P-value). Therefore, we can’t say Pavlov proved the bell caused salivation in his dog, is that right?

  • [18] September 29, 2014 at 3:51pm


    It is impossible to prove a positive claim in science? Not sure I’m following your logic. Are you saying you cannot statistically prove a correlation between two things, like hunger and eating? fear & increased heart rate? Liberals and cognitive deficits?

  • [1] September 26, 2014 at 1:30pm


    I only know what I see of Jeter’s character. Keep in mind that when there’s no significant strikes against his character reported in over 20 yrs. by a rabid NY media, many of whom would love to do nothing more… that says a lot.


    A fulfilling life includes doing those things you enjoy, and baseball is one of those things. Baseball helps us forget the stresses of the day. It is also the greatest game, America’s pastime. Being a poker player as your name suggests, I would think baseball would appeal to you because of its complexity and strategy. Those who say baseball is boring don’t understand the game.


    Is it really that difficult for you to say someone deserves respect without introducing some type of debate about who might deserve respect more? Yes, the military deserves our respect, but this isn’t about a contest between Jeter and our armed services. Just enjoy the moment without controversy.

  • [4] September 25, 2014 at 11:44pm

    Great. Now, send them all to Iraq. No offense, woodyee, but whaddya say we talk about Derek Jeter!!!

  • [2] September 25, 2014 at 11:28pm

    Hey Eric!!!! Good Riddance, and…. Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya!!!

  • [8] September 25, 2014 at 11:16pm

    Who said anything about worship?

  • [81] September 25, 2014 at 11:10pm

    Perfect ending at Yankee stadium in the career of a true class act. Thanks for the memories, Derek Jeter. You’re the best.

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  • [50] September 25, 2014 at 11:07pm

    He was the closest thing to one on a baseball diamond for the last 20 years… but not only that, his character and humility off the field transcend the game itself. What in the hell is wrong with you? Give the man his due. He deserves all the respect we can give him. He was the best at the career he chose. Are you?

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  • September 25, 2014 at 5:10pm

    The point is that man’s teaching on morality is sub-par to that of the ultimate teacher, Jesus Christ. The icing is that he offers eternal life, and nothing man offers can compare.

  • September 25, 2014 at 2:09pm

    I’m assuming you would agree most people love their children more than their neighbor. Are you also saying that if you really love your child, you won’t provide any guidance or discipline that might hurt their feelings? If so, you would make a lousy parent. Remember the saying, “The truth hurts?”

  • September 25, 2014 at 2:02pm

    Fairy tales & mythology don’t save your soul.

  • September 24, 2014 at 11:18pm

    Dad: What do you want to be when you grow up?
    Son: A drummer!
    Dad: Well, you can’t do both, son.

  • September 24, 2014 at 11:16pm

    Agreed. If what he was playing was at a lower volume and on the beat, it wouldn’t have been too bad.

  • [1] September 24, 2014 at 10:58pm

    Well said.

  • [1] September 24, 2014 at 10:57pm

    Thanks for clarifying that 1) your reasoning and moral judgment includes “penis into anus = okay,” and 2) religion is nothing more than flawed banter by uncaring neurotics. Well, I say you have the neurosis, my friend, along with poor sentence structure.

  • September 24, 2014 at 10:48pm

    Yeah, the whole ‘love your neighbor as yourself’ and other moral values, life lessons are just a waste of time, not to mention the silly salvation stuff, right?

  • [1] September 24, 2014 at 10:44pm

    It’s not only what they believe, but what they would also say they ARE…. Christians. And before we critically isolate Christians, remember that most, if not all, major religions speak against homosexuality.

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