Friday, September 27, 2013

B.F. Skinner Totally Geeks Out Over the Box He Built for His Baby

The Skinner Box, as applied to human infants, was not what you think it was. Psychologist B.F. Skinner did not raise his daughter inside a box without human contact. Nor did she later grow up to be crazy and commit suicide because of said lack of contact. In fact, just a few years ago, Deborah Skinner Buzan wrote a column for The Guardian debunking those powerful urban legends herself. Instead, what Skinner did was build his daughter the sort of crib that you might expect a scientist raised in the era of mid-20th-centuryPopular Science-style scientific futurism and convenience to build. more

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