Walden Two

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Macmillan, Jan 1, 1976 - Behavior modification - 301 pages
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A Utopian community organized around behaviorist principles offers provocative alternatives to a society lacking direction.

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User Review  - blake.rosser - LibraryThing

It's interesting and not horribly-written for a doctor, but then you get to the end and realize he's propounding living in giant Brave New World type societies where everyone's behavior is rigorously controlled by doctors and science. Scary, damn behavioral psychologists. Read full review

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User Review  - joeydag - LibraryThing

read while in college and even then educational reform was an issue Read full review

Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
11
Section 3
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About the author (1976)

B. F. Skinner, an American behavioral psychologist, is known for his many contributions to learning theory. His Behavior of Organisms (1938) reports his experiments with the study of reflexes. Walden Two (1949), a utopian novel, describes a planned community in which positive rather than negative reinforcers serve to maintain appropriate behavior; the novel stimulated the founding of some experimental communities. In Beyond Freedom and Dignity (1971), Skinner attempted to show that only what he called a technology of behavior could save democracy from the many individual and social problems that plague it. (An early example of this technology is the so-called Skinner box for conditioning a human child.) A teacher at Harvard University from 1948 until his retirement, Skinner was for some the model of the objective scientist, for others the epitome of the heartless behaviorist who would turn people into automatons.

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