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B.F. Skinner

http://jenniferlake.wordpress.com/2009/12/10/beyond-freedom-and-dignity-part-i/

http://jenniferlake.wordpress.com/2009/12/17/beyond-freedom-and-dignity-part-ii/

http://jenniferlake.wordpress.com/2009/12/19/beyond-freedom-and-dignity-part-iii/

The links above contain extensive excerpts of B.F. Skinner’s 1971 book, Beyond Freedom and Dignity, which along with Walden Two are considered his most famous works. They’re the only books of Skinner that I’ve read. I see in him the operation of the “Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion”  –he provided ‘scientific’ techniques through animal experiments to define patterns of behavior that became powerful tools for social control, and like all powerful tools, applicable to both ‘creation’ and ‘destruction’.

     

It makes no difference whether Skinner’s critics relegated him to the bin of ‘pseudoscience’. Institutional practice like Virology is also a pseudoscience and is taking us to new levels of human suffering and ‘management’. Skinner’s technology is useful for designing problems into the system and it seems important to recognize on who’s behalf he worked. For the ‘noncontrollers’, the experience of a modern technological lifestyle is the infliction of pseudoscience made legitimate by its application. Behaviorism works! We can easily discard Skinner’s daydream of utopia but not the powerful implementation of his ideas.

…I’ll have more to add here shortly, and some comparisons to the Protocols and real-life events.

1 Comment »

  1. I know you’re not posting regularly at this time, but I only just found you, so all of your posts are new to me!

    I was listening to the Sofia Smallstorm interview on AFP and she spoke very highly of your work, which is how I happened upon your blog. Since I am currently halfway through reading “Walden Two”, your B.F. Skinner page caught my eye. Holy cow, why isn’t it more widely read, like “1984” and “A Brave New World”? (Not that making those books ‘required reading’ in school has done anything to wake anyone up or put the breaks on, but still.) I was a psych minor in college, so you’d have thought I’d have learned more about Skinner than just a passing, “He was the father of Behaviorism,” and “Skinner’s Box,” but I didn’t. To be honest, I doubt that I would’ve seen the relevance of his work at that time, even though it had been progressively being implemented for nearly 50 years [1990-ish]); however, only NOW do I see just how instrumental his work was…it all but drew a map!

    Thank God for trailblazing activist-researchers like Charlotte Iserbyt, John Taylor Gatto, and Sam Blumenfeld, and the next generation of alternative researchers, like Sofia Smallstorm, Robin Eubanks (invisibleserfscollar.com), Richard Grove, and you (to name just a few) as well. It may be late in the game to get started doing something, but at least now I know what we’re facing. It’s only with knowledge that we have choice!

    Comment by sushieq — March 3, 2014 @ 2:20 am | Reply


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