“Selection by Consequences”: The Essential B.F. Skinner

  • Paul Naour
Part of the Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects book series (DIPR)

This book is about human nature – more precisely, human behavior and culture from both their overt foundation in “real-time” environmental contingencies (Skinner) and their material basis embedded in the long-term (socio) biological processes of human evolution (Wilson). This scientific perspective is considered by many to deny the phenomenological concept of mind. Thus, by necessity the point of view that is most apparent and prevails throughout much of this book is that a self-determining mind independent of environmental contingencies is not a viable feature of radical behavioral and most biological approaches. However, you should also make special note of the fact that the final chapter is offered to show you the way to a more “rational behavioral” (Rumbaugh et al., 1996), less dogmatic, and less polarizing perspective. The prospect of that more “emergent” concept of mind augurs well to reconcile the long-lived bipolar study of human nature represented by Skinner and Wilson and...


Natural Selection Operant Conditioning Neutral Stimulus Negative Reinforcement Conditioning Paradigm 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Naour
    • 1
  1. 1.Central CollegePellaUSA

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