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B F Skinner And The Meaning of Walden Two

Updated on June 3, 2013

Begin your journey to Walden Two with Dr. B. F Skinner & his party

B.F. Skinner & The Meaning of Walden Two. Is beyond Walden Two possible now ?

In summer of 1945, as GIs were coming home from World War II, B.F.Skinner decied to write his classic and only fiction, "Walden Two" addressed to the GIs, a vision of a new kind of community based on the emerging new knowledge of human behavior.

Now as we enter the second decade of the 21st Knowledge Society, is it not time to return to "Walden Two" and ask is "beyond Walden Two possible now ?"

When the GIs Came Home--Summer of 1945

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Summer of 1945 was beginning of new hope for the future, as World War II had ended in Europe, and the GI's were coming home. B.F. Skinner, a behaviorist faculty member at a well-known university in America, was inspired to write his classic fiction, Walden Two, addressed to the GI's coming home from war.

He went back to his own childhood at Susquehanna, PA for inspiration along with Henry David Thoreau. A friend sent him a copy of a book she wrote on 19th century spiritual communities that came into being in America mostly by immigrants escaping religious persecution. The book added the third element of motivation to write Walden Two addressed to the GIs looking for a new way of community living based on science of human behavior, but close to nature in a rural setting. Thus began the journey to Walden Two.

Walden two however never worked as a real community though some were tried. The book became a best seller in the late 60's & 70's and today is considered a "classic".

Now, at the end of first decade of 21st Century, GI are coming home again, from a long war in the middle east. will be coming home soon. Is "Beyond Walden Two" possible now ? What was missing in "Walden Two" design that made it not possible as a real community ?

if you have read Walden Two, share your comments about this fictional community ? Also, what is practical about this community ?

what was not practical ? why do you think "Walden Two" did not work ? Also, almost all 19th Century relgious communities, hundreds of them, except for one or two, none survived as a community. Amish community, mostly in PA, is an exception. Shakers in New England are now almost gone. Yet, the "relgious freedom" designed by the founding fathers have created many spiritual communities in secular rural communities of America. This observation is relavant to "Beyond Walden Two" . Comments ?

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Thoreau's flute heard by Skinner, half a century after Thoreau's death (1862)
Thoreau's flute heard by Skinner, half a century after Thoreau's death (1862)

Thoreau's Flute

As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.

Henry David Thoreau

(1817-1862)

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If you're old, don't try to change yourself, change your environment.

B. F. Skinner

Beyond B F Skinner A Walden Three Design_A Better Survival Option to Miserable Future USA - Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.

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Going beyond Walden Two now possilbe ?

" I want to fill my life with music, music & music !"

Photo Gallery From "Walden Pond" to Walden Two, and now "Behond Walden Two" ? - Henry David Thoreau's Flute lay silent for half a century till it was heard agai

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Why Children are our most precious resource and how Walden Two provides a model for this resource development for beyond Walden Two now ?Yea ! A new birth of freedom possible in America where equailty is measured not by money accumulated ? Should "money" be the only ticket to "Freedom" ?What is community wealth according to Walden Two ? Nature vs Nurture as each of us a prisoner ?
Why Children are our most precious resource and how Walden Two provides a model for this resource development for beyond Walden Two now ?
Why Children are our most precious resource and how Walden Two provides a model for this resource development for beyond Walden Two now ?
Yea ! A new birth of freedom possible in America where equailty is measured not by money accumulated ? Should "money" be the only ticket to "Freedom" ?
Yea ! A new birth of freedom possible in America where equailty is measured not by money accumulated ? Should "money" be the only ticket to "Freedom" ?
What is community wealth according to Walden Two ? Nature vs Nurture as each of us a prisoner ?
What is community wealth according to Walden Two ? Nature vs Nurture as each of us a prisoner ?

Beyond Walden Two

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Frazier Gives B.F. SKinner's Vision of America

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From A Walden Two Memory Book

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In the late 60's and early 70's Walden Two Became a Besst Seller. - It was written and published in 1945 addressed to the GIs coming home from World War II

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Walden Three as opposed to Walden Two.

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Beyond B F Skinner A Walden Three Design_A Better Survival Option to Miserable Future USA

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I am imagination. I can see what the eyes cannot see. I can hear what the ears cannot hear. I can feel what the heart cannot feel.

Peter Nivio Zarlenga

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Spirituality was an inspiration and key element of both for Henry David Thoreau's classic book, "Walden" published first in mid-19th Century and Dr. B.F.Skinner's Classic fiction, "Walden Two" written in 1945, addressed to the GIs coming home from World War II.

Now here now in early 21st Century, GIs are coming home again after a long war in the middle east. Nature inspired music time introduces "Walden Three" addressed once again in question of peace, inspired by spiritual heritage of humanity linking past, present and future magic.

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have you yet read "Walden Two" ? it's available at most public library or at Amazon typically though the book is now out of print.

Walden Two Appreciation, Sharing and Learn as we go - Question or comments most welcome !

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      haven't read it or heard of it, but I'm glad you shared this to enlighten us!

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      LaurisB LM 5 years ago

      Just found that reprints are now available on Amazon and it's even available for the Kindle! Maybe time to read this one again. Thanks

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      dessertlover 5 years ago

      I haven't read it or heard of it, but I'm glad you shared this to enlighten us!

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      I guess I will have to read Walden two. Thanks

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      I guess I missed it.. a must read.

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      waldenthreenet 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hope we can discuss this further as GIs are coming home again from Middle East. Now we know why Walden Two did not work. Our Journey now is to Walden Three can begin. Makes sense ?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have not read Walden Two, enjoyed your sharing!