[ExI] Implications of Sociopath Testing

Sondre sondre-list at bjellas.com
Mon Aug 25 14:21:57 UTC 2008

What do you do in business the day most people are wearing HUD-eyeglasses and wearable computers that can easily tell you if the people you're interacting with is telling the truth or not? 

The sociopath believe their own lies, but for you and me, it's going to become increasingly akward to have direct social connection with other people.

Second Life to the rescue!

- Sondre

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Fra: Stefano Vaj <stefano.vaj at gmail.com>
Sendt: 25. august 2008 15:03
Til: Lee Corbin <lcorbin at rawbw.com>; ExI chat list <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org>
Emne: Re: [ExI] Implications of Sociopath Testing

On Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 8:28 AM, Lee Corbin <lcorbin at rawbw.com> wrote:
> Stathis writes
> I think that business would be more prosperous if business
> people had more integrity. I've interviewed a number of
> my bosses, and compelled them to give me a number. They say that about 2/3
> of the other business people they
> have to deal with cannot be trusted.

What I am used to say to my clients, is that business would already be
much more simple if people could be trusted to act in *their own* best
interest. Unfortunately, you cannot even consistently expect them to
do so... :-)

> Isn't this quite false?  For, unlike the people who have real
> consciences, the sociopath will break the law, or lie and
> cheat with abandon when there is no fear of being caught.

In fact, I think that the real, clinical sociopath is likely to do
that *irrespective* of the probability of being caught.

But then you are right that even for an ideal utility optimiser the
inability to develop some kind of a superego, and the need to
"calculate" and "weigh" gains, losses and probabilities thereof all
the time any time the opportunity is offered to infringe a social
norm, is already a dysfunctional enough trait... :-)

Stefano Vaj
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