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Smokey and the Water Pipe

Sometime during the winter of 1969, the Twin Oaks water pump stopped working. The pump was old, and was submerged more than 40 feet in the ground, attached to lengths of 4” white PVC pipe that brought the water to … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name? – part 2

Shakespeare reminded us that roses smell the same, no matter what you call them. According to Wikipedia, “The reference is often used to imply that the names of things do not affect what they really are.” But names do affect … Continue reading

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It’s a Small World After All

I became a member of Twin Oaks Community, along with my then-wife, Carol, in the summer of 1970. Twin Oaks was founded in 1967 along the principles described in B.F. Skinner’s novel, Walden Two. Walden Two was among the texts … Continue reading

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The Game Changer

Some time during the year that my then-wife, Carol, and I were members of Twin Oaks Community, I served as Recreation Manager. Twin Oaks government was based on the Planner-Manager system that B. F. Skinner described in his utopian novel, … Continue reading

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Zig-Zagging Towards a PhD — Part 3: University of Michigan

The University of Michigan welcomed us with open arms. I got all the same admission papers as Carol did. The Admissions people basically said, “Anyone qualified for graduate study at the University of Chicago is OK for Michigan.” Apparently Michigan … Continue reading

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