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Science and Human Behavior, Chapter 3: Why Organisms Behave, Quote 11

“By confining ourselves to these observable events, we gain a considerable advantage, not only in theory, but in practice.” (p. 36)

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Science and Human Behavior, Chapter 3: Why Organisms Behave, Quote 10

“It is no help to be told that to get an organism to drink we are simply to “make it thirsty” unless we are also told how this is to be done. When we have obtained the necessary prescription for thirst, the whole proposal is more complex than it need be. . . . […]

Science and Human Behavior, Chapter 3: Why Organisms Behave, Quote 9

“The practice of looking inside the organism for an explanation of behavior has tended to obscure the variables which are immediately available for a scientific analysis. These variables lie outside the organism, in its immediate environment and in its environmental history.” (p. 31)

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Science and Human Behavior, Chapter 3: Why Organisms Behave, Quote 8

“. . . such terms as “hunger,” “habit,” and “intelligence” convert what are essentially the properties of a process or relation into what appear to be things. Thus we are unprepared for the properties eventually to be discovered in the behavior itself and continue to look for something which may not exist.” (p. 31)

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Science and Human Behavior, Chapter 3: Why Organisms Behave, Quote 7

“But on analysis these phrases prove to be merely redundant descriptions. A single set of facts is described by the two statements: “He eats” and “He is hungry.” A single set of facts is described by the two statements: “He smokes a great deal” and “He has the smoking habit.” A single set of […]

Science and Human Behavior, Chapter 3: Why Organisms Behave, Quote 6

“Since mental or psychic events are asserted to lack the dimensions of physical science, we have an additional reason for rejecting them.” (p. 30-31)

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Science and Human Behavior, Chapter 3: Why Organisms Behave, Quote 5

“The fictional nature of this form of inner cause is shown by the ease with which the mental process is discovered to have just the properties needed to account for the behavior.” (p. 30)

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Science and Human Behavior, Chapter 3: Why Organisms Behave, Quote 4

“Eventually a science of the nervous system based upon direct observation rather than inference will describe the neural states and events which immediately precede instances of behavior. We shall know the precise neurological conditions which immediately precede, say, the response, “No, thank you.” These events in turn will be found to be preceded by […]

Science and Human Behavior, Chapter 3: Why Organisms Behave, Quote 3

“There is nothing wrong with an inner explanation as such, but events which are located inside a system are likely to be difficult to observe. For this reason we are encouraged to assign properties to them without justification. Worse still, we can invent causes of this sort without fear of contradiction.” (p. 27)

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Science and Human Behavior, Chapter 3: Why Organisms Behave, Quote 2

“The most that can be said is that the knowledge of the genetic factor may enable us to make better use of other causes. If we know that an individual has certain inherent limitations, we may use our techniques of control more intelligently, but we cannot alter the genetic factor.” (p. 26)

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Science and Human Behavior, Chapter 3: Why Organisms Behave, Quote 1

“We want to know why men behave as they do. Any condition or event which can be shown to have an effect upon behavior must be taken into account. By discovering and analyzing these causes we can predict behavior; to the extent that we can manipulate them, we can control behavior.” (p. 23)

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Science and Human Behavior, Chapter 2 A Science of Behavior?, Quote 11

“A science of behavior which concerns only the behavior of groups is not likely to be of help in our understanding of the particular case. But a science may also deal with the behavior of the individual, and its success in doing so must be evaluated in terms of its achievements rather than any […]

Science and Human Behavior, Chapter 2 A Science of Behavior?, Quote 10

“A final answer to the problem of lawfulness is to be sought, not in the limits of any hypothetical mechanism within the organism, but in our ability to demonstrate lawfulness in the behavior of the organism as a whole. (p. 17)
 

 

 

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Science and Human Behavior, Chapter 2 A Science of Behavior?, Quote 9

“It has sometimes been pointed out, for example, that physical science has been unable to maintain its philosophy of determinism, particularly at the subatomic level. The Principle of Indeterminacy states that there are circumstances under which the physicist cannot put himself in possession of all relevant information: if he chooses to observe one event, […]

Science and Human Behavior, Chapter 2 A Science of Behavior?, Quote 8

“When a science of behavior reaches the point of dealing with lawful relationships, it meets the resistance of those who give their allegiance to prescientific or extrascientific conceptions. The resistance does not always take the form of an overt rejection of science. It may be transmuted into claims of limitations, often expressed in highly […]

Science and Human Behavior, Chapter 2 A Science of Behavior?, Quote 7

“We all know thousands of facts about behavior. Actually there is no subject matter with which we could be better acquainted, for we are always in the presence of at least one behaving organism. But this familiarity is something of a disadvantage, for we have probably jumped to conclusions which will not be supported […]

Science and Human Behavior, Chapter 2 A Science of Behavior?, Quote 6

“In a later stage science advances from the collection of rules or laws to larger systematic arrangements. Not only does it make statements about the world, it makes statements about statements. It sets up a “model” of its subject matter, which helps to generate new rules very much as the rules themselves generate new […]

Science and Human Behavior, Chapter 2 A Science of Behavior?, Quote 5

“Science is, of course, more than a set of attitudes. It is a search for order, for uniformities, for lawful relations among the events in nature.” (p. 13)
 

 

 

 

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Science and Human Behavior, Chapter 2 A Science of Behavior?, Quote 4

“Scientists have also discovered the value of remaining without an answer until a satisfactory one can be found. This is a difficult lesson.” (p. 13)
 

 

 

 

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Science and Human Behavior, Chapter 2 A Science of Behavior?, Quote 3

“Experiments do not always come out as one expects, but the facts must stand and the expectations fall. The subject matter, not the scientist, knows best.” (p. 13)
 

 

 

 

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Science and Human Behavior, Chapter 2 A Science of Behavior?, Quote 2

“Science is a willingness to accept facts even when they are opposed to wishes.” (p. 12)
 

 

 

 

 

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Science and Human Behavior, Chapter 2 A Science of Behavior?, Quote 1

Science is first of all a set of attitudes. It is a disposition to deal with the facts rather than with what someone has said about them. Rejection of authority was the theme of the revival of learning, when men dedicated themselves to the study of “nature, not books.” (p. 12)
 

 

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Science and Human Behavior, Chapter I Can Science Help?, Quote 5

“The Copernican theory of the solar system displaced man from his pre-eminent position at the center of things. Today we accept this theory without emotion, but originally it met with enormous resistance. Darwin challenged a practice of segregation in which man set himself firmly apart from the animals, and the bitter struggle which arose […]

Science and Human Behavior, Chapter I Can Science Help?, Quote 4

“Science not only describes, it predicts. It deals not only with the past but with the future. Nor is prediction the last word: to the extent that relevant conditions can be altered, or otherwise controlled, the future can be controlled. If we are to use the methods of science in the field of human […]

New Project: Skinner’s Quote of the Day

On January 4, 2016, the B. F. Skinner Foundation launched a new project – Skinner’s Quote of the Day. Quotes from B. F. Skinner works, selected by renowned scientists,  appear daily Monday-Friday in order, starting with Chapter 1 of each book and running all the way through the last chapter. We started with the […]

Science and Human Behavior, Chapter I Can Science Help?, Quote 3

“Science is more than a description of events as they occur. It is an attempt to discover order, to show that certain events stand in lawful relations to other events. No practical technology can be based upon science until such relations have been discovered. But order is not only a possible end product; it […]

Quarter IV, 2015 Edition of Operants Magazine

Quarter IV edition of Operants magazine went out to subscribers on December 30, 2015. This edition is a special one: We remember B. F. Skinner 25 years after his death by reflecting on the state of behavioral science in Brazil, Europe, Israel, and North America. We also look at the young generation of behaviorologists […]

Science and Human Behavior, Chapter I Can Science Help?, Quote 2

“It is understood that there is no point in furthering a science of nature unless it includes a sizable science of human nature, because only in that case will the results be wisely used.” (p. 5)
 

 

 

 

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Science and Human Behavior, Chapter I Can Science Help?, Quote 1

“The methods of science have been enormously successful wherever they have been tried. Let us then apply them to human affairs.” (p. 5)

 

 

 

 

 

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Karen Pryor visits the Foundation’s office

Karen Pryor, a best-selling author, stopped by the B. F. Skinner Foundation’s offices. She was interviewed for the upcoming edition of Operants by Sheila Habarad, Editor-In-Chief (left). Karen is a behavioral biologist with an international reputation in two fields, marine mammal biology and behavioral psychology. She is a founder and leading proponent of “clicker […]

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Quarter III, 2015 Edition of Operants Magazine

Quarter III, 2015 edition of Operants magazine went out to subscribers on September 26. In this issue we feature contributions from, and profiles of scientists and practitioners from Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, and the USA. There is a discussion on Ivan Pavlov and his influence on young Skinner. Also, our […]

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Walden Two read by B. F. Skinner available for download

For as little as $1.99 you can download Walden Two read by B. F. Skinner. It is available both in MP3 and iTunes audio book formats (combining all chapters into one file was impractical due to size, so you will have to download each chapter as a separate file).

This audio book is a Name-Your-Price […]

By |September 2nd, 2015|News|Comments Off on Walden Two read by B. F. Skinner available for download|

Congratulations to 2015 Winners of the B. F. Skinner Foundation Research Awards!

The B. F. Skinner Foundation sponsors research awards through Florida Association of Behavior Analysis (FABA) and Division 25 of the American Psychological Association. In 2015 award winners are, respectively:

 

 

 

 

Ashley Tudor, B.A., BCaBA. Read more here.

 

Dr. Bethany Raiff, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology
Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey. Read more here.

Congratulations!

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New edition of Operants

Quarter II, 2015 edition of Operants went out to subscribers on July 8. This edition is dedicated to to education, with contributors from Brazil, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States.  This issue discusses the scientific underpinnings needed for effective instruction. Several techniques illustrate the application of the science of behavior […]

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All PDFs remain Name-Your-Price products!

Verbal Behavior as a name-your-price PDF book (starting at $0.99) has been a resounding success! Many of you have added a modest donation on top of the minimum price, thank you! As the direct result of your generosity the B. F. Skinner Foundation is able to continue to offer all its PDF books as […]

By |May 27th, 2015|News|Comments Off on All PDFs remain Name-Your-Price products!|

Schedules of Reinforcement available as e-book

With the support of The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. (BACB), the B. F. Skinner Foundation has completed the conversion of Schedules of Reinforcement by C. B. Ferster and B. F. Skinner into the e-book formats. It is available for purchase through the Foundation’s online bookstore, as well as on Amazon, GooglePlay, iTunes and Kobo.

By |May 20th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Schedules of Reinforcement available as e-book|

Name your price for the PDF version of Verbal Behavior

For a very limited time (until May 21, to be exact) we are making PDF version of Verbal Behavior by B. F. Skinner available through Name-Your-Price convention. That means that the minimal price is set at $0.99, and everything you decide to pay above that is a charitable contribution to the B. F. Skinner […]

By |May 5th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Name your price for the PDF version of Verbal Behavior|

Contingencies over B. F. Skinner’s Discovery of Contingencies by Dr. Julie S. Vargas

The article Contingencies over B. F. Skinner’s Discovery of Contingencies by Dr. Julie S. Vargas is now available on the B. F. Skinner Foundation’s website. Originally this article appeared in EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS in No. 2, Winter 2004.
B. F. Skinner began graduate school thinking he would extend Pavlov and Watson’s stimulus-response
analysis of […]

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Enjoy Old Age published in Norwegian

Enjoy Old Age by B. F. Skinner and M. E. Vaughn just got published in Norway by Forgalet Krippendorf (www.krippendorf.no). Photo on the cover – Borgny Alvilde Johansen, 90 years young.

The book by B. F. Skinner and Margaret Vaughan is based on the lecture Intellectual Self-Management In Old Age, delivered by Skinner at the […]

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New edition of Operants

Quarter I, 2015 edition of Operants went out to subscribers on March 25. This edition is dedicated to the international expansion of Skinner’s science. Among featured articles you will find a report on European Association of Behavioral Analysis (EABA) Conference in Stockholm and interviews with scientists and practitioners from Northern Ireland, Norway, Turkey, and […]

By |March 26th, 2015|News|Comments Off on New edition of Operants|

Foundation’s online bookstore now has Name-Your-Price products

Some of the books in our bookstore (most of the PDF versions of e-books) are now Name-Your-Price products. That means that while we set the minimum amount (from $0 to $0.99 in most cases), the amount you actually pay is up to you. Every dollar you add on top of the minimum price is […]

By |February 19th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Foundation’s online bookstore now has Name-Your-Price products|

Free PDF of Science and Human Behavior in languages other than English

The B. F. Skinner Foundation wants to translate into as many languages as possible and distribute for free a PDF version of Science and Human Behavior by Skinner. What languages shall we start with (English version is already a free download through our bookstore). Please let us know by going to the bookstore and […]

By |February 19th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Free PDF of Science and Human Behavior in languages other than English|

Cumulative Record (Definitive Edition) available in e-book formats

With the support of BACB, the B. F. Skinner Foundation has completed the conversion of Skinner’s Cumulative Record (Definitive Edition) into the e-book formats. It is available for purchase through the Foundation’s online bookstore, as well as on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and Kobo.

 

 

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Q4, 2014 Edition of Operants

The latest edition of our quarterly report, Operants, went out to subscribers on December 18, 2014. In this special issue we celebrate B. F. Skinner’s 110th birthday anniversary by sharing unique archival materials, as well as memories provided by Skinner’s family, friends, colleagues and students. If you want to better understand Skinner the man […]

By |December 16th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Q4, 2014 Edition of Operants|

Vintage Notebooks Are Back in Stock (While They Last)

For those of you who were shopping for the vintage Notebooks by B. F. Skinner on our website in the last couple of months and received an “Out of Stock” message: through a donation we have secured a very limited number of these books: http://www.bfskinner.org/product/vintage-notebooks/.

We expect them to sell out very quickly, so we […]

By |December 9th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Vintage Notebooks Are Back in Stock (While They Last)|

2014 Winners of BABAT Student Awards

The B. F. Skinner Foundation sponsors Student Research Award and Student Poster Award through the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT). Congratulations to 2014 award winners: Kara Wunderlich, University of Florida, and Meagan Barber, Simmons College and New England Center for Children! http://www.bfskinner.org/babat/

By |November 10th, 2014|News|Comments Off on 2014 Winners of BABAT Student Awards|

B. F. Skinner Foundation Launches Annual Fundraising Campaign

This week we are launching our once-a-year fundraising campaign. The Foundation needs money to keep Skinner’s works in print, convert books into electronic formats, publish the Operants report, maintain and expand our Behavioral archives and make resources available to the public through our website www.bfskinner.org. We want to make it interesting this year. Everyone […]

By |October 14th, 2014|News|Comments Off on B. F. Skinner Foundation Launches Annual Fundraising Campaign|

Quarter III, 2014 edition of Operants is here!

New issue of Operants is here!

As the cover story, this Quarter III issue features the interview with Otto Fad, Elephant Manager at Busch Gardens Tampa, who talks about his team and their use of advanced operant techniques and positive reinforcement in elephant training.

As always, there are profiles of behavioral scientists and practitioners from around […]

By |September 29th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Quarter III, 2014 edition of Operants is here!|

2014 Winners of the B. F. Skinner Foundation Student Research Awards

The B. F. Skinner Foundation sponsors student research awards through California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA) and Florida Association of Behavior Analysis (FABA). In 2014 award winners are, respectively:

 Candice Hansard from California State University, Northridge; for Video Modeling to Train Undergraduates to Conduct a Paired-Stimulus Preference Assessment; and

 

 

 

Catalina Rey from Florida Institute of Technology, […]

By |August 18th, 2014|News|Comments Off on 2014 Winners of the B. F. Skinner Foundation Student Research Awards|

Sculpture of Skinner unveiled

On August 8, 2014 the second annual Ethics in Professional Practice conference took place at the Endicott College Campus in Beverly, Massachusetts. A one day conference featured leaders in the fields of Psychology, Business, Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis. During the conference the sculpture of B. F. Skinner was unveiled by the sculptor, internationally […]

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