42 quotes found by B. F. Skinner

B. F. Skinner
A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.
failure  best  mistake  # 375234
B. F. Skinner
The way positive reinforcement is carried out is more important than the amount.
Positive  Amount  Carried  # 375235
B. F. Skinner
The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.
Technology  men  machines  # 375236
B. F. Skinner
Must we wait for selection to solve the problems of overpopulation, exhaustion of resources, pollution of the environment and a nuclear holocaust, or can we take explicit steps to make our future more secure? In the latter case, must we not transcend selection?
future  problems  Wait  # 375237
B. F. Skinner
The ideal of behaviorism is to eliminate coercion: to apply controls by changing the environment in such a way as to reinforce the kind of behavior that benefits everyone.
Behavior  Changing  Ideal  # 375238
B. F. Skinner
I did not direct my life. I didn't design it. I never made decisions. Things always came up and made them for me. That's what life is.
life  design  Came  # 375239
B. F. Skinner
Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
education  Forgotten  Learned  # 375240
B. F. Skinner
The environment will continue to deteriorate until pollution practices are abandoned.
Until  Continue  Pollution  # 375241
B. F. Skinner
Give me a child and I'll shape him into anything.
Child  Shape  # 375242
B. F. Skinner
A person who has been punished is not less inclined to behave in a given way; at best, he learns how to avoid punishment.
best  Less  Given  # 375243
B. F. Skinner
We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.
love  Great  reading  # 375244
B. F. Skinner
The consequences of an act affect the probability of its occurring again.
Again  Act  Affect  # 375245
B. F. Skinner
Properly used, positive reinforcement is extremely powerful.
Positive  Powerful  extremely  # 375246
B. F. Skinner
Society attacks early, when the individual is helpless.
society  Individual  Early  # 375247
B. F. Skinner
The environment shapes people's actions.
actions  Shapes  # 375248
B. F. Skinner
I don't deny the importance of genetics. However, the fact that I might be altruistic isn't because I have a gene for altruism; the fact that I do something for my children at some cost to myself comes from a history that has operated on me.
history  fact  Might  # 375249