Behaviorists, or more precisely Skinnerians, commonly consider Skinner's work to have been misrepresented, misunderstood, and to some extent defamed. In this book, the author clarifies the work of B F Skinner, and puts it into historical and philosophical context. Though not a biography, the book discusses Skinner himself, in brief. But the bulk of the book illuminats Skinner's contributions to psychology, his philosophy of science, his experimental research program (logical positivism) and the behavioral principles that emerged from it, and applied aspects of his work. It also rebuts criticism of Skinner's work, including radical behaviorism, and discusses key developments by others that have derived from it.

Skinner's Views on Bettering Society

Skinner's Views on Bettering Society

Skinner's views on bettering society

From conception on, we are in the company of other human beings. Our mothers, of course, are the first people with whom we interact. We interact with mother long before we take our first breath (e.g., via the umbilical cord). The next person with whom we interact is usually our father (or, for a moment, an obstetrician or a nurse).

Since the dawning of the species, fathers played a significant role in ensuring the survival of their offspring. They provided shelter for the nursing mother. They brought food. And, when mother got sick, they looked after her and the baby. But early humans soon found out, as countless other species have, that this arrangement was not entirely ...

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