Walden Two

Walden Two Author Burrhus Frederic Skinner
ISBN-10 087220779X
Year 2005
Pages 301
Language en
Publisher Hackett Publishing Company Incorporated

A reprint of the 1976 Macmillan edition. This fictional outline of a modern utopia has been a center of controversy ever since its publication in 1948. Set in the United States, it pictures a society in which human problems are solved by a scientific technology of human conduct.

Beyond Freedom and Dignity

Beyond Freedom and Dignity Author Burrhus Frederic Skinner
ISBN-10 0872206270
Year 2002
Pages 234
Language en
Publisher Hackett Publishing Company Incorporated

The classic work by behaviorist B.F. Skinner offers his analysis of how a "technology of behavior" can condition human responses to the environment.

Living Walden Two

Living Walden Two Author Hilke Kuhlman
ISBN-10 9780252091650
Year 2010-10-01
Pages 264
Language en
Publisher University of Illinois Press

In Walden Two, behavioral psychologist B. F. Skinner describes one of the most controversial fictional utopias of the twentieth century. During the 1960s and 70s, this novel went on to inspire approximately three dozen actual communities, which are entertainingly examined in Hilke Kuhlmann's Living Walden Two. In the novel, behavioral engineers use positive reinforcement in organizing and "gently guiding" all aspects of society, leaving the rest of the citizens "free" to lead happy and carefree lives. Among the real-world communities, a recurrent problem in moving past the planning stages was the nearly ubiquitous desire among members to be gentle guides, coupled with strong resistance to being guided. In an insightful and often hilarious narrative, Hilke Kuhlmann explores the dynamics of the communities, with an in-depth examination of the two surviving Skinnerian communities: Comunidad Los Horcones in Mexico, and Twin Oaks in Virginia. Drawing on extensive interviews with the founders and key players in the Walden Two communities, Kuhlmann redefines the criteria for their success by focusing on the tension between utopian blueprints for a new society and communal experiments' actual effects on individual lives.

A Walden Two experiment

A Walden Two experiment Author Kathleen Kinkade
ISBN-10 0688000207
Year 1973
Pages 271
Language en
Publisher William Morrow &Company

From the Back Cover: Twin Oaks, perhaps America's most famous and successful commune, was founded in rural Virginia in 1967 by Kathleen Kinkade and several other people, all of whom were influenced by B.F. Skinner's Walden Two. Eschewing primitivism for its own sake, embracing technology instead of rejecting it, these creators of Twin Oaks set out to build a community not only structured but also experimental in which the goal was the "good life". Kathleen Kinkade describes in great detail the story of the hard work put in by people who wanted to live together in as much harmony as possible.

About Behaviorism

About Behaviorism Author B.F. Skinner
ISBN-10 9780307797841
Year 2011-08-24
Pages 304
Language en
Publisher Vintage

The basic book about the controversial philosophy known as behaviorism, written by its leading exponent. Bibliography, index.


Notebooks Author B. Burrhus Frederic Skinner
ISBN-10 UCAL:B4377039
Year 1980-01-01
Pages 386
Language en
Publisher Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice-Hall


Monoculture Author F. S. Michaels
ISBN-10 9780986853814
Year 2011-04-25
Language en
Publisher Red Clover Press

Winner of the 2011 George Orwell Award. One of The Atlantic's top psychology books of 2011. As human beings, we've always told stories: stories about who we are, where we come from, and where we're going. Now imagine that one of those stories is taking over the others, narrowing our diversity and creating a monoculture. Because of the rise of the economic story, six areas of your world - your work, your relationships with others and the environment, your community, your physical and spiritual health, your education, and your creativity - are changing, or have already changed, in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. And because how you think shapes how you act, the monoculture isn't just changing your mind - it's changing your life. In Monoculture, F.S. Michaels draws on extensive research and makes surprising connections among disciplines to take a big-picture look at how one story is changing everything. Her research and writing have been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Killam Trusts, and regional and municipal arts councils. Michaels has an MBA, and lives and writes in British Columbia.

Major American Short Stories

Major American Short Stories Author A. Walton Litz
ISBN-10 0195078993
Year 1994-05-19
Pages 882
Language en
Publisher Oxford Paperbacks

This third edition of a highly successful anthology traces the development of the American short story from such early practitioners as Washington Irving (Rip Van Winkle ), Edgar Allan Poe (The Fall of the House of Usher ), and Melville (Bartleby the Scrivener) up to the present day, and has a better representation of women writers and writers of colour than the previous editions. Among the strands of development which the editor identifies are `Regionalism and Realism' (Mark Twain: The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calveras County), and the establishment of the short story as `A National Art Form' (Edith Wharton: Roman Fever, Scott Fitzgerald Babylon Revisted, Hemingway Big Two-Hearted River, William Faulkner That Evening Sun). Among the contemporary writers represented are: Philip Roth, John Updike, Robert Coover, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Walker and Raymond Carver.

Upon further reflection

Upon further reflection Author Burhues F. Skinner
ISBN-10 UOM:39015015368346
Year 1987
Pages 214
Language en
Publisher Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice-Hall

This book deals with global issues concerning ecology and world government. It moves from the very general to the very specific.

Enjoy Old Age

Enjoy Old Age Author Burrhus Frederic Skinner
ISBN-10 0393316513
Year 1997
Pages 157
Language en
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company

An eminent psychologist and a gerontologist explain how to cope with the problems of aging and how to get the most out of one's later years

Suspicious Minds

Suspicious Minds Author Joel Gold
ISBN-10 9781439181577
Year 2014-07-08
Pages 352
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster

A “clear, witty, and engaging” (The Boston Globe) journey through the brain that connects neuroscience, biology, and culture. An “intellectual landmark” (Edward Shorter, Literary Review of Canada). The current view of delusions—the strange beliefs held by people with schizophrenia and other psychiatric illnesses—is that they are the result of biology gone awry, of neurons in the brain misfiring. In Suspicious Minds, Dr. Joel Gold and his brother Ian Gold argue that delusions are the result of the interaction between the brain and the social world. They present “a dual broadside: against a psychiatric profession that has become infatuated with neuroscience as part of its longstanding attempt to establish itself as ‘real medicine,’ and against a culture that has become too networked for its own good” (The New York Times). The book “amounts to nothing less than a frontal—or perhaps pre-frontal—challenge to the dominant view of modern psychiatry, which looks to neuroscience to explain disorders of the mind” (The Washington Post). In “a droll Oliver Sacksian tone” (The Village Voice), the Golds reveal intriguing case studies: the man who was dead and in hell, the woman who could raise the dead at Ground Zero, the man who killed God, and the people who believed they were like the characters in the film The Truman Show. These “page-turning case studies” (New Republic) of delusion “offer a fascinating and intimate portrait of psychosis” (Scientific American). “They provide more proof that no fantasist can hope to match the wonders—and horrors—of the human mind” (The Washington Post).

Tao Te Ching

Tao Te Ching Author Laozi
ISBN-10 1853264717
Year 1997-01-01
Pages 112
Language en
Publisher Wordsworth Editions

Tao Te Ching, also commonly known as Lao Tzu, is one of the most important Chinese classics and has had great influence on Chinese thought. It is regarded as the bible of Taoism and is by far the most frequently translated Chinese classic, with over thirty translations into English alone.

Civil Disobedience

Civil Disobedience Author Henry David Thoreau
ISBN-10 9781770486393
Year 2016-10-15
Pages 232
Language en
Publisher Broadview Press

In 1848, Henry David Thoreau twice delivered lectures in Concord, Massachusetts, on “the relationship of the individual to the state.” The essay now known as Civil Disobedience is a significant and widely admired contribution to abolitionist literature, as well as an anti-war tract, but Thoreau’s focus is less on political organization and solidarity than it is on personal choice and individual responsibility. Cultivating personal integrity in the face of political injustice is the project Thoreau defends in Civil Disobedience; this focus has made the work highly influential for twentieth- and twenty-first-century political movements. Bob Pepperman Taylor’s new Introduction explains the work’s specific political context, helping readers to understand the text as Thoreau wrote it. The edition also offers a number of historical documents on Thoreau’s abolitionism; the war with Mexico; and Thoreau’s philosophical development in relation to other thinkers.

Personality Theories

Personality Theories Author Albert Ellis
ISBN-10 9781412970624
Year 2009
Pages 696
Language en
Publisher SAGE Publications

Personality Theories: Critical Perspectives is the groundbreaking, final text written by Albert Ellis, long considered the founder of cognitive behavioral therapies. The book provides students with supporting and contradictory evidence for the development of personality theories through time. Without condemning the founding theorists who came before him, Ellis builds on more than a century of psychological research to re-examine the theories of Freud, Jung, and Adler while taking an equally critical look at modern, research-based theories, including his own.