B. F. Skinner

The environment will continue to deteriorate until pollution practices are abandoned.B. F. Skinner

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A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.B. F. Skinner

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The ideal of behaviorism is to eliminate coercion: to apply controls by changing the environment in such a way as to reinforce the kind of behavior that benefits everyone.B. F. Skinner

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The way positive reinforcement is carried out is more important than the amount.B. F. Skinner

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The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.B. F. Skinner

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Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.B. F. Skinner

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Reinforcement is being right.B. F. Skinner

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When you run into something interesting, drop everything else and study it.B. F. Skinner

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Properly used, positive reinforcement is extremely powerful.B. F. Skinner

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Must we wait for selection to solve the problems of overpopulation, exhaustion of resources, pollution of the environment and a nuclear holocaust, or can we take explicit steps to make our future more secure? In the latter case, must we not transcend selection?B. F. Skinner

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I did not direct my life. I didn't design it. I never made decisions. Things always came up and made them for me. That's what life is.B. F. Skinner

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I'm very pessimistic.B. F. Skinner

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I don't think my mother and father ever had any doubts about what I was to be punished for or not. My parents come from a very strictly defined culture.B. F. Skinner

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A person who has been punished is not less inclined to behave in a given way; at best, he learns how to avoid punishment.B. F. Skinner

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Society attacks early, when the individual is helpless.B. F. Skinner

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The feeling of being interested can act as a kind of neurological signal, directing us to fruitful areas of inquiry.B. F. Skinner

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We have not yet seen what man can make of man.B. F. Skinner

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No theory changes what it is a theory about; man remains what he has always been.B. F. Skinner

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I have to tell people that they are not responsible for their behavior. They're not creating it; they're not initiating anything. It's all found somewhere else. That's an awful lot to relinquish.B. F. Skinner

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You can get along very well in this world by simply coming up with a quantity of reasonably valid statements.B. F. Skinner

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I am opposed to the military use of animals. I am also opposed to the military use of men.B. F. Skinner

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If you insist that individual rights are the summum bonum, then the whole structure of society falls down.B. F. Skinner

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Behavior used to be reinforced by great deprivation; if people weren't hungry, they wouldn't work. Now we are committed to feeding people whether they work or not. Nor is money as great a reinforcer as it once was. People no longer work for punitive reasons, yet our culture offers no new satisfactions.B. F. Skinner

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We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.B. F. Skinner

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I won't say that I'm an agnostic, since agnosticism maintains that one cannot know... but I'm not averse to the idea of some intelligence or some organizing force that set up the initial conditions of the universe in such a way that ultimately generated stars, planets and life.B. F. Skinner

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Give me a child and I'll shape him into anything.B. F. Skinner

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