Week 7 Blog Prompts – Learning

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Regardless of which prompt you choose, please use the Tag “Learning” on your post.

Option 1:

Skinner passionately believed in the power of operant conditioning. He thought it was such a powerful influence that it proved free will is an illusion. See Skinner make this claim here. You can read more about “radical behaviorism” at this link. After reading these sources, find another source that either defends or contradicts Skinner’s claim, then respond to Skinner’s assertion that there is no such thing as free will. Do you agree or disagree? Why? Make sure to discuss the strength of the arguments for an against and the credibility of the sources.

Option 2:

Violence in the media has been controversial for decades, but over the last 20 years there has been increasing attention to the amount of violence in video games. The rise of first-person shooters and games with graphic displays of blood and gore has led to criticisms of the video game industry and claims that children are becoming more violent as a result. For this blog post, find a source on each side of the debate and summarize their arguments. Also critique how trustworthy you find each source and decide whether or not you think violent video games should be allowed or permanently banned.

I look forward to seeing what you write!

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