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B.F. SKINNER Core 250—2010 “Man is a machine in the sense that he is a complex system behaving in lawful ways…” Study questions: 1. What is Skinner’s contribution to our understanding of “anthropology,” especially the nature of determinism? 2. Describe Skinner’s view of mental processes, and his critique of traditional views of human reason. 3. Define and explain the significance of the following terms or phrases: positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, punishment, extinction, shaping, “freedom is an illusion.” I. Intellectual context II. Skinner’s brief biography (1904-1990) III. Skinner’s introduction to a scientific worldview A. Influential figures 1. Pavlov: 2. Watson: “Give me twelve healthy infants, well formed, to bring them up, and I’ll guarantee you, to take any one at random and train him to become any type of specialist I might select—doctor, lawyer, artist, merchant, chief, and yes—even beggar man and thief, regardless of his talents, penchants, tendencies, abilities; vocations and race of his ancestors.” B. Elements of a worldview: 1.
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This note was uploaded on 10/20/2011 for the course EDU 300 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '09 term at BYU.

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