[Paleopsych] Man and society

Hannes Eisler he at psychology.su.se
Mon Jan 17 13:41:07 UTC 2005

The discussion seems somewhat odd to me. One has to distinguish 
between man's, let's say, inborn, dispositions, and man's behavior. 
The first hardly can be changed by environmental (or political) 
influence (here we have marxism's  big mistake), but the latter can. 
A society works with rewards (reinforcement) and punishment to 
achieve its aims, whatever they may be. Also sensitivity to 
reinforcement is inborn; more complicated is to establish what is 
working as a reinforcer for whom.

Prof. Hannes Eisler
Department of Psychology
Stockholm University
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