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The Structure of Learning by Beatrix Gardner, R. Allen Gardner

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CHAPTER  4

Mechanisms of Conditioning

THEORY AND EXPERIMENT

In the 1970s, the John Hancock insurance company erected the tallest building ever attempted in the city of Boston up to that time. They had to level a portion of historical Copley Square to make room for it, and this dramatically altered the historical neighborhood. Some grand old structures look puny and insignificant beside the new monster. Soon after it was completed, windows began to fall out of their frames in the upper stories. The sight of the modernistic marvel with random boarded patches where windows should have been, and with the sidewalk cordoned off below to protect pedestrians, must have given some satisfaction to the many enemies of the Hancock Tower. It certainly troubled ...

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