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This fictional outline of a modern Utopia has been a centre of controversy ever since its publication in 1948. Set in the United States, it pictures a society in which human problems are solved by a scientific technology of human conduct. FROM THE PREFACE: It is now widely recognized that great changes must be made in the American way of life. Not only can we not face the rest of the world while consuming and polluting as we do, we cannot for long face ourselves while acknowledging the violence and chaos in which we live. The choice is clear: either we do nothing and allow a miserable and probably catastrophic future to overtake us, or we use our knowledge about human behavior to create a social environment in which we shall live productive and creative lives and do so without jeopardizing the chances that those who follow us will be able to do the same. Something like a Walden Two would not be a bad start.
In contrast with the myriad of dystopian novels available, Skinner manages to have written a stimulating novel that is relatively free of major external conflict. Read morePublished 19 months ago by John DeBoice
Rarely has a book evoked such rage in me as this one did. It's not that I completely disagreed with everything that Skinner said about a Utopian society. Read morePublished on April 2 2004
Walden Two is not a story so much as it is Skinner's idea that by using the psycological techniques of a behaviorist a utopian society can be built (it can even be considered... Read morePublished on Aug. 16 2003 by Dan
There is a lot of confusion about this book.
Walden Two is one big dialogue on the possibilities of society design. Like Orwell's 1984 or Plato's Republic, it is about ideas. Read more
...Skinner, in his biography, admitted, "I am not happy," unlike the characters in this novel, who wander around blissfully. Read morePublished on June 19 2002 by R. Wallace
First of all, I agree with those readers who pointed out that this is not a great work of literature. Read morePublished on June 13 2002 by Pinhas
Imagine a world where you got to choose what you did every day (as long as your four daily labor-credits are completed), where, as everyone is equal to everyone else, the words... Read morePublished on April 11 2002 by Kevin S. Currie
In this book Skinner presents his blueprint for a utopia based on behavioral sciences. While someone who is just looking for a entertaining story may be disappointed or even call... Read morePublished on March 18 2002 by Amazon Customer
I read Walden Two as part of a class assignment, studying the effects of secular humanism and other worldviews on this world. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2001