Kim: "I remember a story that was floating around decades ago (and dated from the Korean War, well before the time I heard it) to the effect that the communists in North Korea looked at all their American and South Korean prisoners of war and identified the 5% who were leaders (not necessarily officers, btw!), then segregated them under high security and left the 95% under low security in the knowledge that they wouldn't try to escape. "
Interesting! I attended a Skinnerian Behavior Modification class conducted by a North Korean psychology professor (Dr. Sherman Yen), who defected to South Korea, and then to The US during Post WWII era. He pretty much said the same thing.
It was interesting to me that all skills, means, and technology can be used for benefit or detriment. In the case under discussion it was the techniques used in Pavlovian and/or Skinnerian behavior modification for the control of animal behavior as applied to prisoners of war. Dr. Skinner spent a great deal of time addressing the necessity of following an agreed upon moral set of ethics when dealing with clients in therapy, because he realized how powerful his techniques were and that veritably all those subjected to them were vulnerable to his techniques methods of behavior control.
I found online a paper discussing this controversial topic of ethics: (see page 431 , para 2 of the following PDF link.):http://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/c ... clevstlrev
What Makes an Elder? :
A head of gray hairs doesn't mean one's an elder. Advanced in years, one's called an old fool.
But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.