Behavior: Skinner's Utopia: Panacea, or Path to Hell?

"I've had only one idea in my life—a true idée fixe. To put it as bluntly as possible—the idea of having my own way. 'Control' expresses it. The control of human behavior. In my early experimental days it was a frenzied, selfish desire to dominate. I remember the rage I used to feel when a prediction went awry. I could have shouted at the subjects of my experiments, 'Behave, damn you! Behave as you ought!' "

—B.F. Skinner's Walden Two. 1948

THE speaker is T.E. Frazier, a character in Walden Two and the fictional founder of the Utopian community...

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