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April 16, 2005



“There is a time to admire the grace and persuasive power of an influential idea, and there is a time to fear its hold over us. The time to worry is when the idea is so widely shared that we no longer even notice it, when it is so deeply rooted that it feels to us like plain common sense. At the point when objections are not answered anymore because they are no longer even raised, we are not in control; we do not have the idea; it has us.”
(In reference to behaviorism)
- Alfie Kohn
Punished By Rewards


“In the earlier part of this century we believed that the new Behavioral Sciences, with a cunning scheme of rewards and punishments, would remove difficult behaviors effortlessly. I think that dream is dead. I hope so. I hope that we have come to a point in our history where we have started to recognize that: the end point of pure thought is probably death; that we are not going to think our way out of these problems; and that we require a new respect for the irrational, the intuitive and the felt. We are discovering that we need people who step out of the mode of what we created…to remind us who we are and who we need to be for one another.”

Herbert Lovett
Bolton Institute 1995

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