Thanks for the Bhurrus Frederick Skinner quotes. I shouldn’t struggle so to formulate my thoughts in these areas, when I could just re-read his thoughts. His perspectives have not been widely accepted or utilized in other fields of study. Chomsky was effective to a great degree in quashing more general acceptance of what may have been his most important work, “Verbal Behavior”.
Tim—absolutely correct about Skinner, I think, in terms of his having a lot of important and correct things to say. Kind of like Alexander Pope, the poet, who wrote: “Art is nature to advantage dressed, What oft was thought but ne’er so well expressed!” He sure could express things superbly! Chomsky seems terrific in many ways, but his anti-Skinner impact is something I sure don’t agree with.
I had Skinner’s phone number when I was in grad school and gave him three phonecalls out of the blue—he sure didn’t know who I was, but answered my questions very politely and insightfully.