Synopsis[ edit ] The first-person narrator and protagonistProfessor Burris, is a university instructor of psychology, who is approached by two young men one a former student sometime in the late s.
In Walden Two, B. Frazier, a psychologist interested in the practical applications of psychology to real-world problems, creates a communal social experiment called Walden Two.
A former student of burnt-out college psychology instructor Professor Burris comes to visit after a tour in the Pacific during World War II. Dissatisfied with life in the U. Walden Two, a communal society in the country in New England.
Frazier guides the group through the miniature society. Walden Two is run by a Board of Planners, who serve for ten years. By consensus, the Board of Planners chooses successors for retiring board members.
The Planners oversee Managers, specialists who run departments such as education, food, and labor after working up to their positions. All children are raised communally. Babies live in a nursery, sleeping in climate-controlled cubicles. Parents spend time with their children, but they also spend time with other children.
Older children continue to live communally, and are educated in ethics through behavioral training. Education focuses on teaching thinking skills, and children are free to pursue studies that interest them. Meals are served throughout the day, and cooks work to make the food produced by Walden Two appetizing.
People pay their way with labor-credits, working an average of four hours a day. Walden Two has a dairy and farms and is able to take advantage of crops that outside farmers might be unable to harvest because of its surplus of available labor.
Everyone in Walden Two has plenty of rest and free time, and the arts flourish. People marry early, and economic stresses are taken out of life. Walden Two is not a democracy, and no one votes.
Running the commune is left to experts, who use experimentation to find the best forms of governing. The professor of philosophy is appalled at the idea of Walden Two and happy to leave it behind. The other couple, who are lower-class, are glad to have a way out of an impossible economic situation.
Professor Burris sees the success at Walden Two, but he plans to leave, not believing that he can leave his old life behind.A short summary of B.F.
Skinner's Walden Two. This free synopsis covers all the crucial plot points of Walden Two. Walden Two is a utopian novel written by behavioral psychologist B. F. Skinner, first published in In its time, it could have been considered science fiction, since science-based methods for altering people's behavior did not yet exist.
A summary of Analysis in B.F. Skinner's Walden Two. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of Walden Two and what it means. Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. How does Walden Two achieve this utopia?
Through a science of behavior. Everything that is done at Walden Two is based on principles of behaviorism, the idea that human . Walden Two is cast mostly in the form of a dialogue—in the tradition of Plato’s Socratic dialogues—in which the renowned and controversial behavioral psychologist B.
F. Skinner presents his. A summary of Analysis in B.F. Skinner's Walden Two. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of Walden Two and what it means.
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