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Walden Two

B. F. Skinner. Walden Two. New York: Macmillan Co., 1948.

 

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B. F. SKINNER, 1904-1990

In "Walden Two," all behaviors are taught and engineered. Colony members learn self-sufficiency, equality of status, disciplined consumption, and affection only for the group. Relationships are managed and rational; children are parented by all the adults and conditioned to seek pleasure and profit. In this utopia, learning is its own reward and children teach themselves and respond to challenges. A number of 1960s communes based their lifestyles on this work, including Twin Oaks in Virginia (which survives today).

 

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