Does the reader remember hearing about B.F. Skinner, the person whose ill-conceived idea of a “new psychology” has destroyed America?
I am writing a new book on the following paragraph which is a quote from Skinner, in a book by Evans, Richard I. B.F. Skinner: The Man and His Ideas. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co, 1968:
“A child is influenced and changed as a biological entity by things that happen to him, but the notion that somehow or other the child of our past is still contained within us is a form of animism which serves no useful purpose in explaining present behavior.”
I believe this one paragraph is responsible for the destruction of America, and the disastrous state of education in America as well. It took a century to accomplish, but every negative thing taking place in America today can be directly traced back to this statement by Skinner… and its adoption by modern mental health as a valid statement.
The only thing valid within this statement of Skinner is how it illustrates his intense fear of that of which he was ignorant: His own MIND. His ignorance of Psychology is clearly illustrated by his saying: “somehow or other” in referring to the MIND of every human being [of which is was completely ignorant]. Skinner was an Intelack type personality: Quite Intellectual, but utterly devoid of Conscience.
What he meant was that for him… the child did not possess a MIND, and [somehow or other] magically … to which is own MIND rebelled and insisted he use the term “animism,” to try and mask his ignorance and fear. In this, Skinner was no different than many Intellectuals [people lacking Conscience] today who push Common Core as a means of trying to cripple the Intuition, Creativity and Spontaneity of children. So afraid of this natural ability of children are these Intelack adults.
If the nation had a competent level of mental health or psychology today, this would not be a problem. Alas, the reality is Skinner’s ignorance is rampant in both fields today.