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The problem with these reward systems is that it is an extrinsic reward for something, and thus when that reward isn't offered we don't value the intrinsic goodness of the action.

The musical stairways are an easy example - if they have an out of order sign, people won't take them because the reward is the fun of playing the music instead of the benefit of being healthy.

Reward really not any different from punish - you're just moving the scale up. Depriving of reward is exactly the same as giving a punishment.

Say a child gets a sticker when they eat their vegetables as a reward. Then one day, the child doesn't eat their vegetables and doesn't get a reward. Is this any different from always giving a sticker to a child everyday, and then one day when they don't eat their vegetables punishing them by not giving them the sticker?

Research has basically shown that rewards work no better than punishment. For some good reading on this, check out "Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason" by Alfie Kohn - he cites the research that I can't remember off hand.

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I'm seeking the author's name and the full text of a short piece of
humor entitled, "A (or The) Cliche Expert Testifies on the Atom." I
read this piece in a humor anthology in the early-to-mid 1960s. I
believe there was a whole series of humorous pieces with similar
titles, e.g., "The Cliche Expert Testifies on War," etc. The nearest
I've come to success in my own fairly extensive on-line searching was
in the Library of Congress on-line catalog, where I found a reference
to a humor anthology, dated 1969, containing a piece titled "The
Cliche Expert Testifies on War" attributed to an author "F. Sullivan."
I have not seen the text of this piece, but the author's name, F.
Sullivan, does not strike me as the same as the author of the specific
piece I'm looking for, i.e., "A/The Cliche Expert Testifies on the
Atom," although I cannot rule out the possibility that it is the same

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It is well if they lead us to take ourselves not too seriously. and if they enable us to look upon our fellows, even the most eminent and respectable, with humor.

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The best way to be spoiled is with time...if you spoil with stuff, it's probably because you feel bad you're not spending enough time with that person. I was spoiled as a child

with time, even though my parents are very well off and could have easily gone the BMW for the first car route. But they didn't, and it's great!

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