Posts Tagged ‘Applied Cultural Analysis’

A Reality-Based Conversation About Race

May 12, 2015

A Reality-Based Conversation About Race

You can count on Bill O’Reilly to tell-it like it is. So it is with his hard hitting almost accurate portrayal of the tragedy of a large segment of American Black Culture.

Please watch the following video and then ask yourself what O’Reilly has missed?

The hint is to be found in the Behavioral Analytic technical term “Metacontingency”, which I will explain after the following video.


Simply put: A Metacontingency comprises a culture’s rules, rewards and punishment systems and their measurable effects upon its population’s behavior patterns.

What almost everyone continues to miss is that the resolution of America’s behavioral problems ,among all races, will largely derive from replacing America’s pathogenic social and welfare system with one that rewards families who remain together, individuals who get educations and marketable skills, who gain employment and remain employed, who do not have babies out-of-wedlock, who avoid drugs, crimes, and other bad behaviors.

Of course there are other important matters, like teaching citizenship, ethics and moral behavior to our youth, as well as encouraging various pro-social religious teachings.

In my view, any culture that fails in these basic duties will fail to remain a viable social enterprise.

Wake-up America!

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.


P.S. Thanks to Lee Hornack for sending this video to me.

The Last Frontier?

June 24, 2010

The Last Frontier?

Some have asked, “Where is the last frontier?”

There is no last frontier, but rather an endless succession of them. Whether it is through our expansions into outer space or our contractions into inner space, new frontiers are infinite in number.

But, there are two neglected domains of exploration which form a prerequisite sequence of gateways to these infinities.

The first gateway frontier which must be explored is ourselves, in the form of our own behavior and its determinants. This frontier will have been reached when humankind has learned and accepted the things about itself that the science of human behavior already knows. The first gateway will be traversed when we have disciplined ourselves to surrender our self-control efforts to these basic laws and principles.

The second gateway frontier is the verdant, but relatively fallow, science of Applied Cultural Analysis. It is not the study of the ways in which societies live which will yield the richest harvest of discoveries; rather, it is the analysis of the ways in which they solve problems or decline and die. Societies have found an endless variety of ways in which to live. However, they die in a finite and understandable number of ways. Humanity must learn and avoid these self-defeating actions.

In the single human organism, death proceeds in a largely known variety of orderly ways. The results of the intense study of the process of dying and the results of countless autopsies have led the way to striking increases in life-expectancy for human populations that behave accordingly. This winning methodology and it’s prized results should be replicable among the vast biological entities that we call sociocultures.

To learn, and to learn to practice, those self-management principles that forestall sociocultural death is to capture an infinity of new frontiers as well as the first real possibility of life-ever-lasting for humanity.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.


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