Archive for the ‘behaviourism’ Category

Behaviourism will perfect the world

September 21, 2009

For the universe will change if you bring up your children, not in the freedom of the libertine, but in behavioristic freedom … Will not these children, in turn, with their better ways of living and thinking, replace us as society and in turn bring up their children in a still more scientific way, until the world finally becomes a place fit for human habitation?

J. B. Watson, 1930, in Nigel C. Benson, Introducing Psychology, Icon, 1999, p.75


July 28, 2009

…the human organism is a machine and like any other machine, and behaves in lawful, predictable ways in response to external stimuli (paraphrase)

B.F. Skinner, Science and Human Behavior (1952)