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B. F. Skinner (1904–1990)

Author of Walden Two

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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 show more 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. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by B. F. Skinner

Walden Two (1948) 2,157 copies, 22 reviews
Beyond Freedom & Dignity (1971) 1,164 copies, 10 reviews
Science And Human Behavior (1953) 332 copies, 4 reviews
About Behaviorism (1974) 326 copies, 3 reviews
Verbal Behavior (1957) 101 copies, 2 reviews
The Technology of Teaching (1968) 78 copies, 1 review
Particulars of My Life (1976) 54 copies
The Behavior of Organisms (1966) 36 copies
A Matter of Consequences (1983) 28 copies
Notebooks (1980) 14 copies
Schedules of reinforcement (1957) 14 copies

Associated Works

A Clockwork Orange [Norton Critical Edition] (2010) — Contributor — 916 copies, 9 reviews
The Utopia Reader (1999) — Contributor — 113 copies, 1 review
On the Firing Line: The Public Life of Our Public Figures (1989) — Contributor — 113 copies, 1 review
The Range of Philosophy: Introductory Readings (1964) — Contributor — 54 copies
Philosophical problems of the social sciences (1965) — Contributor — 34 copies, 1 review
Philosophy now : an introductory reader (1972) — Contributor — 25 copies
The New improved sun: An anthology of utopian S-F (1975) — Contributor — 22 copies
New Scientist, 21 May 1964 (1964) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Disturbing ideas about free will and collective control; good seminar fodder
 
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sfj2 | 9 other reviews | Dec 2, 2023 |
Utopian novels appeal to me. This one is not badly done, but kind of scary, being organized on conditioned response theory.
 
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mykl-s | 21 other reviews | Aug 10, 2023 |
Simultaneously intriguing and chilling.
 
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