WALDEN II by B.F. Skinner


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A readable and meaty novel about an imaginary Utopian community located in the United States today -- where the author tries to show that happiness can be achieved by putting modern technology to work for that purpose. The argument is carried along largely by means of dialectic, which makes it a bit talky in spots and slow moving throughout. The plot which serves only as a framework for the dialogue concerns a group (two college professors and two young engaged couples) who spend a week at Walden Two, where they are guided around and have things explained to them by the founder, and at the end half decide to remain, while the others leave. Plenty of ideas- old and new- are put into practice, and may provide some basis for discussion among the community - minded.

Pub Date: June 8th, 1948
Publisher: Macmillan