Reward and Consent
Blogging for ethical uses of Applied Behavior Analysis with no coercion or commandment of anyone, especially autistics and others with disabilities, and for positive reinforcement of people with more power who do the right thing, a constructive version of what B.F. Skinner called "counter-control."
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I have not spoken with our mother recently about her spiritual beliefs, but she used to go to St. Benedict’s in New Jersey under the guidance of Father Anderson, which had been a progressive church where the folk group sang and played acoustic guitars and altar girls participated in the Mass well back into the 1970s. She told me in our younger days that she only believed in heaven. She said God is a loving God who would never condemn anyone to an eternity of pain and suffering. Lately I’ve […]
More than any other person, it seems, Noam Chomsky (1959), in his Review of B.F. Skinner's Verbal Behavior, contributed to the re-emergence of introspective, subjective psychology after the predominant heyday of the more objective behavioral psychology in the mid-twentieth century university psychology departments. A small part of his argument against Skinner's behavioral interpretation of human language is his claim that Skinner's definition of operant conditioning (Skinner's version of […]
Truthout included a condensed version of my Op-Ed opposing the mental health gun check database January 15, 2013 in their Speakout page, which is a "treasure chest for bloggy, quirky, personally reflective, or especially activism-focused pieces." They publish "fearless, independent news and opinions." They featured on the front page that day a Second Amendment analysis by Thom Hartmann, a progressive syndicated radio talk show host. For the long version of my essay, see the previous […]
Wikimedia How are we going to protect the privacy of the millions of non-violent Americans with mental illnesses if the government "strengthens" the system of mental health background checks for gun purchases? To hear all the blame among the mainsteam pundits of gun violence on "crazy nuts," it feels like most people have the wrong ideas about people with schizophrena. We are not necessarily violent. One study by Walsh, Buchanan, MD, and Fahy, MD (2002) concluded that "only a small […]
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