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Selling Out is About Half-doing What You’re Doing
November 12, 2017 09:58 PM PST

A mafioso is not a sell-out. The police officer who takes a bribe from a mafioso is a sell-out. Selling out is not about doing something bad. It is about half-doing the thing you are supposed to be doing and half-doing some other thing. The essence of sell-outism is not badness but corruptness, which is different.

A Respect in Which Economic Rationality is Circumscribed
November 12, 2017 08:30 PM PST

People are not rational actors; they are rational re-actors. This proposition is clarified and substantiated in this audio.

Freedom of Speech is Freedom of Thought
November 12, 2017 08:01 PM PST

Freedom of speech is freedom to state, and therefore to have, opinions; and freedom of speech must therefore be unrestricted, lest thought itself be prohibited.

The Shred of Truth in Kuhn's Theory of Scientific Theories
November 12, 2017 04:00 PM PST

The shred of truth in Thomas Kuhn's theory of scientific theories is identified.

It is Aggression, not Sexuality, that is the Primary Object of Repression
November 11, 2017 06:03 PM PST

It is only to the extent that sexuality is a form of aggression that it is a candidate for repression.

Why Nihilism, Relativism and Skepticism are So Popular in Liberal Arts Departments
November 11, 2017 05:47 PM PST

It is explained why, in religious studies and other liberal arts, deflationary conceptions of truth and our knowledge thereof are so popular.

The Essence of Neurosis is the Inability to Tolerate Ambiguity
November 11, 2017 05:25 PM PST

It is explained what is meant by this dictum of Freud's and why it is true.

The Power of Prestige
November 10, 2017 10:39 PM PST

When a given person has the power of prestige behind him, his statements, even when attempts to describe pre-existing facts, are subconsciously taken as commands. When a person who does not have the power of prestige makes statements, those statements are, at best, taken as attempts to describe pre-existing facts or, more likely, as acts of either due submission or undue defiance. Thus, when a professor at a prestigious institution comes up with a crackpot theory, people see merit in it---for, considered, as a command, it does have merit--and when a professor at a no-name institution comes up with a reasonable theory it is either judged according to its merits or dismissed.

Honest People Look Straight Ahead
November 05, 2017 01:46 PM PST

And sneaky people look side to side.

Criminality is Corruptness that Cannot Be Rationalized
November 05, 2017 01:31 PM PST

And corruptness is criminality that can be rationalized.

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