Walden Two | Study Guide

B. F. Skinner

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Walden Two | Chapter 7 | Summary



As the group eats dinner, Frazier explains the dining process and implements at length, showing off the ergonomics of the trays. He gives them a tour of the dishwashing area. Frazier brings up the concept of "cultural engineering" twice as it relates to the dining experience, but no one asks him to define the term, which seems to annoy him.


Burris continues to express dislike about Frazier's long-winded and prideful explanations of the minute workings of Walden Two. This could be a form of jealousy on Burris's part, since he once was in school with Frazier. He describes Frazier as acting "like a magician who has just performed an astonishing feat" when he discusses how their bread is made. Frazier's repeated mention of "cultural engineering," which he does not explain, creates foreshadowing. The term implies for Walden Two to work, the people are psychologically altered in some way, which we later learn to be true. It is one aspect of behavioral modification used in the community to create social cohesion.

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