Posted February 28, 2017 in Monthly News

The Skinner Box Called Life

Debra’s article this month, “Mohini,” provides an example of learned behavior. Having learned how much space she was allowed, Mohini remained within her learned limits, even when more space was available to her. Behavior is often developed—shaped—by environment. Humans demonstrate this every bit as much as tigers and other animals. B. F. Skinner was a […]

Posted October 31, 2016 in Monthly News

Living in Interesting Times

May you live in interesting times is often said to be an “ancient Chinese curse.” It is, however, neither Chinese nor ancient. Regardless of its origins, it is easy to see why living in interesting times would be considered a curse. What makes “times” interesting? The answer, of course, is change.

If you can […]

Posted January 31, 2016 in Monthly News

Reflections of Our Lives

When Debra first suggested that we write about the way creativity is often sparked by chaos, the first thing that came up for me was my memory of Vietnam in 1969, where I first heard the song. “Reflections of My Life,” by the British group Marmalade. Here are the lyrics:

The changing of sunlight […]