Of course, things are caused. Everything must happen for a reason. While most casually agree, it seems that almost everybody tends to believe that those reasons are inside of our skin – we describe them as intending, wanting, planning, scheming and so on. This is what we have learned and this is what others expect of us.
But perhaps it is time to look at things differently. “Spectating” is a step-by-step excursion through some premises of behavioral science that disassembles the myths of self-control and free will and replaces them with a radically different view of ourselves and the world that surrounds us. Of interest is that the view can be sensually exhilarating and less burdened by unpleasant emotions such as guilt, self-deprecation, jealousy and anger.
Martin McMorrow’s book provides good reason to learn how to witness the awesome pervasiveness of external causality in our lives and to experience our intimate connection with the social and physical space in which we are moved.
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Martin J. “Marty” McMorrow is a graduate-trained Behavior Analyst who spent 38 years working with people who are considered to be disabled. In those years he published around 70 professional papers and book chapters, as well as several books and training materials. At present he has returned to the existential questions about thoughts, feelings and actions that attracted him to study human behavior in the first place.