Through ten examples of ingenious experiments by some of psychology's most innovative thinkers, Lauren Slater traces the evolution of the century's most pressing concerns—free will, authoritarianism, conformity, morality.
The message of Opening Skinner's Box seems pretty clear, though it may not be the one the author intended. Like Slater's narrative voice, the stories are interesting.
But they go much further than she may have intended, opening doors, not necessarily into knowledge, but into deeply strange eccentricities on the part of these scientists -- eccentricities that sometimes verge, themselves, on the insane. Carolyn See