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Walden Two Audiobook

Walden Two

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From author and psychologist B. F. Skinner, regarded by many as the most important and influential psychologist since Freud, comes Walden Two. This fictional outline of a modern utopia has been a center of controversy ever since its publication in 1948. Set in the United States, it depicts a society in which human problems are solved by a scientific technology of human conduct. The novel describes an experimental community called "Walden Two", whose members are happy, productive, and creative; their happiness derives from non-nuclear family life; amazingly limited work hours; communal child-raising; free affection; the creation of art, music, and literature; opportunity for games of chess and tennis; and ample rest, food, and sleep. It's a utopia inspired by the experience described in Henry David Thoreau's Walden, but with company. Fans of philosophical writers like Ayn Rand or Karl Marx and imagined utopia's like Aldous Huxley's Island will enjoy broadening their minds with the challenging ideas described by Skinner in this classic novel.

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    Delia Sequeira 02-12-17
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    "A must"

    A must for all Behavior Analysts! This is a quintessential story for all of us who want to understand just how Skinner saw the world.

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    Amazon Customer 11-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A curious and stimulating read well worth the time"

    I bought the book with curiosity about the author's view of an alternative society. I was especially satisfied to hear his take on the topics of behavioral engineering, the structure of today's society with its benefits and drawbacks, and the apparent debate between the view point of a modern philosopher and the one of a modern scientist. I felt shivers during the heated discussion about history, heroes and personal benefit.

    On the performance of the narrator I have slight remarks - it was rather strange hearing a male voice narrating the female characters as well. I would prefer listening to two narrators - male and female - to bring more authenticity to the characters. Other than that, it was an excellent performance.

    The story and character development were not really the central idea of the book. It was rather difficult appealing to any of the characters, but having listened to the whole book, I would assume this was one of the author's goals.

    I would advise future listeners to first acquire a basic understanding of the methods of science before listening to the book. It holds nothing sacred and questions core societal structures like family, religion and government. Many ideas may be difficult to grasp if the listener is not used to questioning everything.

    To finalize, I felt great satisfaction with the content of the book. I will surely return to many key topics. The author took great care to describe in depth both opposing perspectives. Well worth my time and money.

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    Jay Quintana 09-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A Novel of Ideas"

    Alas, the ideas get in the way of the story. As a blueprint on how to build a Utopian society, I suppose this works. (At least theoretically. If you actually tried to do this, I'm pretty sure legal issues would arise.) But this is fiction and story should take precedence over everything. The plot, in a nutshell, is a group of skeptics visit Walden Two and engage in a dialogue with its founder over its value, effectiveness, and sustainability. I didn't expect a beach read, but I expected characters I could get behind, a pursuit that's engaging and difficult, and suspense on whether it would be achieved.

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    Richard Singer, Author of 101 Tips for Recovering from Addiction PA 06-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    highly recommended for anyone interested in behavioral therapy and really therapy or life in general.

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