B. F. Skinner Quotes

B. F. Skinner Quotes: The real question is not whether machines think but whether men do. The mystery which surrounds a thinking machine already surrounds a thinking man.
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B. F. Skinner Quote: A disappointment is not generally an oversight. It might just be the best one can do the situation being what it is. The genuine error is to quit attempting.
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Quotes about B. F. Skinner: Somehow people get the idea I think we should be given gumdrops whenever we do anything of value.
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Quote about B. F. Skinner: 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.
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B. F. Skinner Sayings: The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.
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B. F. Skinner Saying: Death does not trouble me. I have no fear of supernatural punishments, of course, nor could I enjoy an eternal life in which there would be nothing left for me to do, the task of living having been accomplished.
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Sayings about B. F. Skinner: Any single historical event is too complex to be adequately known by anyone. It transcends all the intellectual capacities of men. Our practice is to wait until a sufficient number of details have been forgotten. Of course things seem simpler then! Our memories work that way; we retain the facts which are easiest to think about.
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Saying about B. F. Skinner: The alphabet was a great invention, which enabled men to store and to learn with little effort what others had learned the hard way-that is, to learn from books rather than from direct, possibly painful, contact with the real world.
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B. F. Skinner Quotes: Science is a willingness to accept facts even when they are opposed to wishes.
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B. F. Skinner Quote: Give me a child and I'll shape him into anything.
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Quotes about B. F. Skinner: I've had only one idea in my life - a true idee fixe. To put it as bluntly as possible - the idea of having my own way. 'Control!' expresses it. The control of human behavior. In my early experimental days it was a frenzied, selfish desire to dominate. I remember the rage I used to feel when a prediction went awry. I could have shouted at the subjects of my experiments, 'Behave, damn you! Behave as you ought!
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Quote about B. F. Skinner: Science, not religion, has taught me my most useful values, among them intellectual honesty. It is better to go without answers than to accept those that merely resolve puzzlement.
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