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B F SKINNER: WALDEN TWO

Page history last edited by Andrea Brownstein 12 years, 5 months ago

 

B.F. SKINNER: WALDEN TWO

 

 

 

  • Walden Two shares with the millenarian communities of the 19th century an intentionality of structure and purpose. The United States was founded after much debate and compromise, as demonstrated by the Mayflower Compact (1620) , the first agreement about how a community should govern itself on this continent, and by the Preamble to the Constitution (1787), which is establishes the principles that directed the development of our rule of law.
  • For an example of a community that lives intentionally and soundly: EcoVillage at Ithaca
  • Some information about BF Skinner and his work:  Walden Two
  • Skinner's work is called operant conditioning or behavior modification. A book that uses this theory to promote the well-being of people is called Nudge , by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein.
  • John Stuart Mill's philosophy, called Utilitarianism, values the greatest good for the greatest number, a foundation for all community agreements. His ideas are clearly one foundation of the Walden Two community. 

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