"To talk about things of which one knows nothing"

Kennemer Dunes, January 29, 2017. Training [ from scratch ]

"[ Plato wrote: ] "They [ who have read what others have written ] will appear to be omniscient and will generally know nothing." It was Rousseau's point when he said: "I hate books. They teach one to talk about things of which one knows nothing." The objection is not that the behaviour is wrong [...] but that what is being talked about plays no part in it. [...] We distrust sheer topography. Verbal behaviour, transmitted as sheer form of response, appears to leave knowledge behind. A man may correctly repeat what someone has just said, or read what someone has written, or recite what he has learned without knowing what he is saying. […] Verbal behaviour which is topographically accurate but not accepted as a sign of knowledge is often called meaningless. Nonverbal behaviour can also be meaningless; the student may not know what he is doing when he merely imitates an instructor or follows directions. [ Meaning ] refers to controlling variables. […]  "To impart knowledge" is to bring behaviour of given topography under the control of given variables. A curious feature of knowledge, is that it must be stored. […] We induce people to remember by making events significant […] by punishing not remembering. A person who is learning a list of nonsense syllables […] is behaving under contingencies [ i.e.: a future event or circumstance which is possible but cannot be predicted with certainty ] designed to maximise the probability of recall. [...]

The difficulty inherent in contrived contingencies have drawn attention to natural reinforcers. Rousseau explained in detail how they might be used. […] Away with man-made punishment and -- this was Rousseau's special contribution -- away with man-made awards! Man is naturally happy and good; it is society which corrupts and makes him miserable; let him therefore be taught by nature. […] Use only those forms of coercion or punishment which arise naturally from his behaviour; if he breaks a window, do not repair it, but let him experience a cold room. Use only natural awards."

B.F. Skinner 'The Technology of Teaching', page 152, 153, 202, 203, 205 first published in 1968 by Prentice-Hall, Inc., USA

"It's dangerous so dangerous
I wanna do it again
It's dangerous so dangerous
I wanna do it again"

David Guetta ft. Sam Martin - Dangerous (Robin Schulz Remix Radio Edit), by French music producer David Guetta from his sixth studio album, 'Listen', first released in 2014

(referring to the tape)
It's boring, isn't it?

I can sit through it once.

He thinks he's Joe Gunn now.

I'm impressed. He knows a lot.

He's just repeating shit he
overheard. He ain't any more a gun
expert than I am."

From: 'Jackie Brown' written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's 1992 novel 'Rum Punch'