Wednesday, March 20, 2013

B.F. Skinner

B.F. Skinner was born on March 20, 1904. He died August 18, 1990, shortly after giving this speech at the APA Convention.

If you are way into it, this is worth watching (all 7 parts), so you can get a sense of him in his prime.

Yale University has several very good, free courses online. This is the intro psych lecture on Skinner.

Speaking of free, here is the chapter on Skinner from a great online personality theories text.

"We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. Knowing the contents of a few works of literature is a trivial achievement. Being inclined to go on reading is a great achievement."

-- From B.F.Skinner: The Man and His Ideas (1968) by Richard Isadore Evans, p. 73

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