B. F. Skinner was born on this day in 1904 in Susquehanna, PA (US). He changed the way we understand animal behavior (and humans are animals).
Our great advantage in relation to other species is that we can describe things, form complex hypotheses, and etc. That’s also one of our great disadvantages, as we too often confirm false hypotheses and many of those hypotheses have to do with mythical and mystical mental representations of the causes of our behavior. Skinner pushed back the curtains and showed how we learn to behave the way we do.