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Watson's classic work (Watson<20>). They are: (i) that we should reject dualism (op. , p. 4), and (ii) that as 32 ELIMINATING THE UNCONSCIOUS psychologists we should "no longer be content with unobservables and unapproachables" {op. , p. 6). Any other views associated with the word "behaviourism" can for present purposes be ignored. It may well be, of course, that the traditional behaviourist objections to the notions of "mind" and "mental events" were in fact confused, and that proposals for conceptual reform were not always distinguished from testable hypotheses.

It is comparable rather to denying the existence of an entity called "public opinion". As Mabbott<13) (p. 152) has pointed out, "Public opinion has veered round in support of the Prime Minister" means approximately that there are more people who now believe in the Prime Minister's policy than there were previously. Someone might admittedly say "There is no such thing as public opinion in Ruritania", meaning that in Ruritania expression of political opinions by ordinary people is not allowed; but this is different from "There is no such thing as public opinion", where the apparent denial of existence is in effect a proposal that sentences purporting to be about an entity called "public opinion" require what may be called "analysis" or "translation".

Thus if we wish to check the statement "There is some cheese in the larder", the operations of walking to the larder and having a look are often quite suffi­ cient for a positive verdict, but there are clearly many other possible operations; and if we had reason to suppose, for instance, that the visual evidence was inconclusive because one of our friends was in the habit of putting fake cheeses in the larder as a practical joke, we could carry out further operations of tasting or even of doing chemical analysis.

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