Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Operant conditioning explains so much...

People respond better to the rewards of operating conditioning when they are dependent, powerless, infantilized, bored, and institutionalized, which to me essentially explains everything I see in America today. This is actually a pretty fascinating article. And it references a book (Alfie Kohn, Punished by Rewards (1993)) that I should probably read.

Anyway, when people are doing intrinsically rewarding things, they don't need (and tend to ignore) rewards handed out by authorities. Which totally makes sense.

Very illuminating.

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