Pigeons in a pelican.

  title={Pigeons in a pelican.},
  author={Burrhus F. Skinner},
  journal={American Psychologist},
  • B. Skinner
  • Published 1960
  • History
  • American Psychologist
THIS is the history of a crackpot idea, born on the wrong side of the tracks intellectually speaking, but eventually vindicated in a sort of middle class respectability. It is the story of a proposal to use living organisms to guide missiles—of a research program during World War II called "Project Pigeon" and a peacetime continuation at the Naval Research Laboratory called "ORCON," from the words "organic control." Both of these programs have now been declassified. Man has always made use of… Expand

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