I believe that I have been basically anarchistic, anti-religion and anti-industry and business. In other words, anti-bureaucracy. I would like to see people behave well without having to have priests stand by, politicians stand by, or people collecting bills.
A person who has been punished is not less inclined to behave in a given way; at best, he learns how to avoid punishment.
I won't say that I'm an agnostic, since agnosticism maintains that one cannot know... but I'm not averse to the idea of some intelligence or some organizing force that set up the initial conditions of the universe in such a way that ultimately generated stars, planets and life.
Society attacks early, when the individual is helpless.
The feeling of being interested can act as a kind of neurological signal, directing us to fruitful areas of inquiry.
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.
I have to tell people that they are not responsible for their behavior. They're not creating it; they're not initiating anything. It's all found somewhere else. That's an awful lot to relinquish.
Give me a child and I'll shape him into anything.
I am opposed to the military use of animals. I am also opposed to the military use of men.
The way positive reinforcement is carried out is more important than the amount.
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.
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.
You can get along very well in this world by simply coming up with a quantity of reasonably valid statements.
If you're old, don't try to change yourself, change your environment.
The consequences of an act affect the probability of its occurring again.
The environment will continue to deteriorate until pollution practices are abandoned.