[ExI] totalitarian techniques
William Flynn Wallace
foozler83 at gmail.com
Sat Nov 13 16:26:59 UTC 2021
> Quoting the bible now are we? Do you have a rational argument for
> the existence of good and evil?
> Here is a simplistic moral theory, which like the Golden Rule, has
> exceptions: assumption: human beings are a good thing; fact: we evolved
> in tribes; moral: anything that hurts the tribe is bad (I don't have to use
> the word evil) and if it helps, it's good. When it's tribe versus tribe it
> gets stickier. >
> what of the little evils like someone whoring out
> their nine-old daughter to make rent? Do you truly not see Spike's
> point that poverty is the cause of much suffering in the world?
I have no quarrel with poverty being really bad. Possibly the very worst
> In psychology, reproducibility seems less important than simply
> publishing results of wishful one-offs.
No one is a bigger critic of psychology than me. Here is a short version
of my story: I started teaching because I had to have income. As time
went one I went to conferences and symposia, where I was very critical of
the level of the research being presented (far worse: conferences on
educational research). All of it was bad. All. It was a stage for people
to present things designed for promotion and tenure. I quit going because
I got tired of criticizing every session article I heard. Depressing. Any
real good research went in the good journals (which are a small minority).
So I decided not to play the game. I never published one thing after grad
school. I did get a paper into a conference just to have something on my
resume. My chair was lazy and in a sinecure and didn't care what I did or
didn't do. I devoted my time to teaching and I was pretty good at it and
am proud of it. I am also proud that I did not contribute to the bullshit
that was what most psychologists put out (how to stop that game? I just
dunno). I made full professor and got emeritus status. I also never tried
to move! I was happy there. Clinical psych is even worse than
the experimental areas as far as the importance of the studies and the
reproducability of them.
> Sex is generally the purpose
> of power, at least in terms of primate hierarchies. Strange how
> evolutionary biology gives such explanatory power in psychology.
> I regard myself as an evolutionary psychologist. A local school has a
> dept of psychology and neuroscience. I think that is the near future of
> our discipline. Getting harder and harder science. I lean far more
> towards biology than towards sociology (those people are really nuts).
I hope I have answered your questions. bill w
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