The basic questions: What is reinforced? What is selected?

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 25 (2):261-261 (2002)
Abstract
Any behavior belongs to innumerable overlapping types. Any adequate theory of emergence and retention of behavior, whether psychological or biological, must give us not only a general mechanism – reinforcement or selection, for example – but a reason why that mechanism applies to a particular behavior in terms of one of its types rather than others. Why is it as this type that the behavior is reinforced or selected?
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