Preface Guidance for the Reader
Chapter 1 Selection by Consequences: The Essential B.F. Skinner
The Behavioral Century
Skinner's New Paradigm
The Vocabulary of Operant Conditioning
Reinforcers, Cues, and Operant Shaping
Beyond a Technology of Behavior
Selection by Consequences
Chapter 2 Human Sociobiology: The Essential E.O. Wilson
The HMS Beagle to the Modern Synthesis
Sociobiology and the New Synthesis
Chapter 3 A Consilient View of B.F. Skinner and E.O. Wilson
Aligning Skinner and Wilson
Language and Culture
Units of Culture
Culturgens and Epigenesis
The Operant Basis of Sociobiology
Chapter 4 A Conversation Between B.F. Skinner and E.O. Wilson
Chapter 5 To What Beginning?
Skinner's Technology of Behavior
A Consilient Worldview
Chapter 6 Proceeding to D. Rumbaugh's Rational Behaviorism
Skinner and Wilson
Enlarging the Conversation
Mirror Neurons and Imitation
Developmental Plasticity and Evolution
Rational Behaviorism and Emergents
Reviewers have characterized Paul Naour's A Dialogue Between Sociobiology and Radical Behaviorism, which includes brief introductions by E.O. Wilson and B.F. Skinner's elder daughter, Julie Vargus, as an idea book. The work will undoubtedly have a significant academic market and provide students and scholars in biology, ethology, psychology, anthropology, sociology and economics a strong foundation in twentieth century history and systems.
Praise for A Dialogue Between Sociobiology and Radical Behaviorism:
- E.O. Wilson says of the book: ". . . excellent, an outstanding addition to the history of ideas. It will put Fred Skinner back in the pantheon and, providing context, serve as an excellent introduction to the content and central truths in radical behaviorism. Needless to say, I'm also grateful to have my work following Sociobiology given proper attention."
-David Sloan Wilson, author of Darwin's Cathedral writes: "E.O. Wilson and B.F. Skinner agreed that the human capacity for change is both a product of genetic evolution and an evolutionary process in its own right. Yet, the paradigms of sociobiology and radical behaviorism went in very different directions. Paul Naour's insightful analysis of a taped conversation between Wilson and Skinner goes beyond the historical significance of the conversation and helps to integrate the two paradigms for the future."
-Carl Haywood writes: "The present question is whether evolution by natural selection is a useful set of concepts for the development of psychology. Naour's proposed confluence of radical behaviorism and sociobiology suggests not only
The book utilizes an unpublished conversation between B.F. Skinner and E.O. Wilson in 1987 as a springboard to lead readers to a more integrated view of behaviorism and sociobiology