On Unlearning Abjection (or in plain English, How to Fix this Hellified Mess)

New Year's Resolutions by O Society Jan 7, 2019 Someone asked me to make a list of Things We Should Do to fix our current hellified La Brea Tarpit of a situation. You know, a reader's observation complaining without solutions is whining. This person is correct. We can't just pitch a tantrum, we have to fix … Continue reading On Unlearning Abjection (or in plain English, How to Fix this Hellified Mess)

The dark side of decision-making in groups: Nastiness to outsiders

The economic consensus is that groups behave in a more self-regarding way than individuals, which affects their members’ decision-making. This column describes new evidence from experiments in Slovakia and Uganda that supports an alternative hypothesis from social psychology that simply being a member of a group makes us more anti-social to outsiders. Within-group cohesion in … Continue reading The dark side of decision-making in groups: Nastiness to outsiders

Why Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand Breaks Down: The Darwin Economy

by Farnam Street In The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and The Common Good Robert Frank, an economics professor at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, takes on the debate of who was a better economist—Adam Smith or Charles Darwin. Frank, surprisingly, sides with Darwin, arguing within the next century Darwin will unseat Smith as the … Continue reading Why Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand Breaks Down: The Darwin Economy

The self is capital: Seeing life within, and beyond, the neoliberal frame.

Chuck Mertz interviews Julie Wilson This is Hell! Listen to audio of the whole interview: Transcript of the interview follows: The theory of individualism within neoliberalism is not about abstract rights or even having property. It’s that you are human capital that has to compete and must constantly be self-appreciating. The self is capital that … Continue reading The self is capital: Seeing life within, and beyond, the neoliberal frame.

Truthfulness vs Loyalty

by Steven Novella NeuroLogica Oct 1, 2018 How people make ethical decisions is a very interesting line of psychological research. Perhaps the most well-known study is the famous trolley experiment. It is a theoretical question, if you are at the controls of a switch that can change tracks, and a trolley is out of control and heading … Continue reading Truthfulness vs Loyalty