B. F. Skinner
The danger of the misuse of power is possibly greater than ever. It is not allayed by disguising the facts. We cannot make wise decisions if we continue to pretend that human behavior is not controlled, or if we refuse to engage in control when valuable results might be forthcoming. Such measures weaken only ourselves, leaving the strength of science to others. The first step in a defense against tyranny is the fullest possible exposure of controlling techniques...
It is not time for self-deception, emotional indulgence, or the assumption of attitudes which are no longer useful. Man is facing a difficult test. He must keep his head now, or he must start again ~ a long way back.
B. F. Skinner
from Dr. C. George Boeree's online Personality Theories textbook
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry by George Graham
Classics in the History of Psychology
An Electronic Resource Developed by
Christopher D. Green
'Superstition' in the Pigeon
by B. F. Skinner, Indiana University. First published in Journal of Experimental Psychology, 38, 168-172.
Are Theories of Learning Necessary
by B. F. Skinner (1950).First published in Psychological Review, 57, 193-216.
Two Types of Conditioned Reflex and a Pseudotype
From the Biological Laboratories of Harvard University, by B.F. Skinner (1935). First published in Journal of General Psychology, 12, 66-77.