Casper Citron interviews B.F. Skinner, Alberta Szalita and David Begelman (1971)
For 15 of Casper Citron’s 43 years in broadcasting he interviewed people for WQXR. His studio for a good part of that time was the Algonquin Hotel where he spoke with people in the arts, politics and literature. Among the hundreds of interviews were Margot Fonteyn, Marcel Duchamp, Martin Luther King Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, Dwight Eisenhower and Alfred Eisenstadt. Citron (1919-2001) was also a regular host of an interview program on WNYC-TV as well as WRFM and WOR. We are grateful to his dau...
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Speech of W. V. O. Quine on B.F. Skinner's Retirement Party (1974)
1974. W. V. Quine's Remarks at B. F. Skinner's Harvard University Retirement Party, October 17, 1974. A wonderful description of parallels between Skinner and Quine's lives with connection to Alice in Wonderland. In January 2001, I was asked for a transcript of W. V. Quine's comments upon the retirement of B. F. Skinner at Harvard University. In July 2003, I found the eleven original note cards which are transcribed (abbreviations expanded into full words as spoken) below. The numbers in ()...
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B.F. Skinner and W.V.O Quine - A Discussion (1981)
In 1981 B.F. Skinner held a series of small seminars with his colleagues to discuss a variety of different philosophical and scientific topics. In one of the seminars behaviourist philosopher Willard Quine was a guest. Other members of the discussion that day were the linguist Pere Julia, as well as another unidentified male guest (perhaps Gerald Zuriff who attended most of these discussions), Margret Vaughan and Will Vaughan were present as was the Swedish linguist and poet Lars Gutafson. Th...
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HOUR 25: An Interview with Jack Catran by Mike Hodel (1982)
In this recording of the KPFK radio program HOUR 25 with host Mike Hodel broadcasted on August 13, 1982 guest Jack Catran demonstrates how unusual scientific thinking was then, and probably still is today, even among people who are actually interested in science. Catran doesn't pay much attention to the feelings of the callers to the radio broadcast, but simply relays the scientific facts. Thus, on the one hand, as a neutral listener, you realize how important it is in conversations to get in...
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Jenseits von Freiheit und Würde
Skinner, B. F. Jenseits von Freiheit und Würde. Übersetzt von Edwin Ortmann, Rowohlt Verlag GmbH, 1973. In seinem höchst beunruhigenden und provokativen Buch hat B. F. Skinner aus Methoden und Resultaten seiner jahrzehntelangen Forschungsarbeit die Summe gezogen und darauf eine Analyse von Zustand und Zukunft der Gesellschaft und des einzelnen Menschen aufgebaut. Die Krise, in der sich die Weltzivilisation befindet, kann nur überwunden werden, wenn das Verhalten des Menschen von Grund auf neu...
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Wissenschaft und menschliches Verhalten
Skinner, B. F. Wissenschaft und menschliches Verhalten. Übersetzt von Edwin Ortmann, Kindler Verlag, 1973. Mit diesem Band erscheint B. F. Skinners berühmt gewordenes Hauptwerk, ein Markstein in der Entwicklung der naturwissenschaftlichen Analyse des menschlichen Verhaltens, endlich auch in deutscher Sprache. Nicht genug, daß B. F. Skinner darin die Grundbegriffe des Verhaltens definiert: quantifizierbare Variablen, die das Verhalten steuern, den bedingten Reflex und die Konditionierung, Erze...
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Learning (1971)
This informative, imaginative film explores a wide range of human and animal behavior. It opens with a definition of species-specific behavior and then shows some of the more humorous attempts of man to fly like a bird and swim like afish. It discusses sign stimuli research involving gulls, and illustrates the basic paradigm of experiments performed by Hess on the imprinting of ducks. It shows an infant learning to control the movement of a doll through a conjugate reinforcement procedure. Th...
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Cognition, Creativity and Behavior - The Columban Simulations (1982)
Psychologists Epstein and Skinner in a classic classroom film originally released in 1982 and dubbed "best film of the year" by the American Psychological Association. In sometimes stunning footage, the film shows that pigeons, with the right training, can behave in ways that appear to demonstrate advanced human phenomena: self-awareness, insight, problem solving, imitation, symbolic communication, and even the use of a memorandum. The film defends a "behavioristic" interpretation of cognitive...
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