HANNAH ARENDT ~ THE ORIGINS OF TOTALITARIANISM ~ 1950

~ AFTE-I-AIACT-TUOTM-ATMO-CWTM

~ Attraction For The Elite – Is – As Important A Clue To – The Understanding Of Totalitarian Movements – As The More Obvious – Connection With The Mob

~ NPETE-T-T-PAPM-O-PWTONBSTPL ~ Nothing Proved Easier To Destroy – Than – The – Privacy And Private Morality – Of – People Who Thought Of Nothing But Safeguarding Their Private Lives

~ TIP-I-RAF-RT-ROTS-W-TCAFWLO-IAC-ISTBGOT-L ~ Totalitarianism In Power – Invariably – Replaces All First-Rate Talents – Regardless Of Their Sympathies – With – Those Crackpots And Fools Whose Lack Of – Intelligence And Creativity – Is Still The Best Guarantee Of Their – Loyalty

~ OTMATECBABTMOTI-TMHTBWBP ~ Only The Mob And The Elite Can Be Attracted By The Momentum Of Totalitarianism Itself – The Masses Have To Be Won By Propaganda

~ TCQOAMLHB-UI-NAAE ~ The Chief Qualification Of A Mass Leader Has Become – Unending Infallibility – Never Admit An Error

~ TPEOI-TSSOPAAMIAO-PF-THOA-PIITFOP ~ The Propaganda Effect Of Infallibility – The Striking Success Of Posing As A Mere Interpreting Agent Of – Predictable Forces – The Habit Of Announcing – Political Intentions In The Form Of Prophecy

~ WCMAN-F-A-NE-IF-B-O-TCOTSOWTAPP ~ What Convinces Masses Are Not – Facts – And – Not Even – Invented Facts – But – Only – The Consistency Of The System Of Which They Are Presumably Part

~ FTO-STTM-WAMO-NAR-T-FTMATTCOTOW-AMSI-DTOWATTCOTM ~ Fellow-Traveller Organizations – Surround The Totalitarian Movements – With A Mist Of – Normality And Respectability – That – Fools The Membership About The True Character Of The Outside World – As Much As It – Does The Outside World About The True Character Of The Movement

~ IIBOT-EA-BTFO-A-SS-OC-AO-T-SP-OTCI-T-TR-BOAFO-GC-A-AA-GR-ECAPITHOTP ~ It Is Because Of The – Essential Affinity – Between The Functioning Of – A – Secret Society – Of Conspirators – And Of – The – Secret Police – Organized To Combat It – That – Totalitarian Regimes – Based On A Fiction Of – Global Conspiracy – And – Aiming At – Global Rule – Eventually Concentrate All Power In The Hands Of The Police

~ IITFFTCOTOIWCTHROTTH ~ It Is This Freedom From The Content Of Their Own Ideologies Which Characterizes The Highest Rank Of The Totalitarian Hierarchy

~ MOTEOTNWIIDDWTG-CCBTT-AEAACSWSPTHLIGOR ~ Many Of The Errors Of The Nontotalitarian World In Its Diplomatic Dealings With Totalitarian Government – Can Clearly Be Traced To – An Experience And A Common Sense Which Suddenly Proved To Have Lost Its Grasp On Reality

~ T-CAEC-O-TR-SA-TLIWTFBOTTEIPIBV ~ The – Concentration And Extermination Camps – Of – Totalitarian Regimes – Serve As – The Laboratories In Which The Fundamental Belief Of Totalitarianism That Everything Is Possible Is Being Verified

~ ‘PC’ ~ “Proctective Custody”

~’EIP’-‘EIP ‘~ “Everything Is Permitted” – “Everything Is Possible”

~ WMHTCO-M-WWACWT-MPOC?

~ What Meaning Has The Concept Of – Murder – When We Are Confronted With The – Mass Production Of Corpses?

~ TPCBDEWTDOTP ~ The Psyche Can Be Destroyed Even Without The Destruction Of The Physical

~ TANPT-LITCC-IHCNBFEBTIFTVRTISOO-LAD-ICNBFR-FTVRT-TSRTTWOTL-WMII-T-BF-IH[/H]OE-IIAT-ASTTOAP-FTSOTIITWOTL-WNISTKITAAOD-IST-IIATTHNBB ~ There Are No Parallels To – Life In The Concentration Camps – Its Horror Can Never Be Fully Embraced By The Imagination For The Very Reason That It Stands Outside Of – Life And Death – It Can Never Be Fully Reported – For The Very Reason That – The Survivor Returns To The World Of The Living – Which Makes It Impossible – To – Believe Fully – In His[/Her] Own Experiences – It Is As Though – A Story To Tell Of Another Planet – For The Status Of The Inmates In The World Of The Living – Where Nobody Is Supposed To Know If They Are Alive Or Dead – Is Such That – It Is As Though They Had Never Been Born

~ TCCAAI-WNEFTSOAPLY-TOPEFOTCHBTFOTOSA-CCEMFTOS-AWTHBPCHBD-MBAMC-UDC-T-IOTH-ICBUWT-EU-TAO-MAU-CBAALOP-IT-RIC-WHAFO-CC-F-TEOTW ~ The Concentration Camp As An Institution – Was Not Established For The Sake Of Any Possible Labor Yield – The Only Permanent Economic Function Of The Camps Has Been The Financing Of Their Own Supervisory Apparatus – Concentration Camps Exist Mostly For Their Own Sake – Any Work That Has Been Performed Could Have Been Done – Much Better And More Cheaply – Under Different Conditions – The – Incredibility Of The Horrors – Is Closely Bound Up With Their – Economic Uselessness – This Atmosphere Of – Madness And Unreality – Created By An Apparent Lack Of Purpose – Is The – Real Iron Curtain – Which Hides All Forms Of – Concentration Camps – From – The Eyes Of The World

~ T-GITC-EAATT-AOU-STTOTPT ~ The – Guards In The Camps – Embraced An Attitude Toward The – Atmosphere Of Unreality – Similar To That Of The Prisoners Themselves

~ L-IA-CC-S-A-D-O-P-O-D ~ Life – In A – Concentration Camp – Simply – A – Dragged-Out – Process – Of – Dying

~ WCMTPHC-IOT-SSI?-TAIOTV:NMEDT-T-GH-WW-C-CV-WC-ITPTS:’P’-C-W-E-JAI-B-IOA ~ What Crime Must These People Have Committed – In Order To – Suffer So Inhumanely? – The Absolute Innocence Of The Victims: No Man Ever Deserved This – The – Grotesque Haphazardness – With Which – Concentration-Camp Victims – Were Chosen – In The Perfected Terror State: “Punishment” – Can – With – Equal – Justice And Injustice – Be – Inflicted On Anyone

~ T-I-MMOC-IPBT-HAPI-POLC ~ The – Insane – Mass Manufacture Of Corpses – Is Preceded By The – Historically And Politically Intelligible – Preparation Of Living Corpses

~ CWTCHWWTIAS-A-TC-MIT-B-UFTSOO-IWTAUDOTA ~ Contrasting With The Complete Haphazardness With Which The Inmates Are Selected – Are – The Categories – Meaningless In Themselves – But – Useful From The Standpoint Of Organization – Into Which They Are Usually Divided On Their Arrival

~ MCOI ~ Meaningless Categories Of Inmates

~ WCC-WT-UF-TI-A-T-VW-DT-TOITD-ATSCNI-N-M

~ Without Concentration Camps – Without The – Undefined Fear – They Inspire – And – The – Very Well-Defined Training – They Offer In Totalitarian Domination – A Totalitarian State Can Neither – Inspire – Nor – Maintain

~ UN-T-TB-T-EIP-STHPOT-ECBD ~ Until Now The – Totalitarian Belief – That – Everything Is Possible – Seems To Have Proved Only That – Everything Can Be Destroyed

~ TDOT-CF-A-HOO-IT-TPACRS-TS-WWCUWISITA-P-S-O-E-M ~ The Danger Of The – Corpse Factories – And – Holes Of Oblivion – Is That – Today – People Are Continuously Rendered Superfluous – Totalitarian Solutions – Which Will Come Up Whenever It Seems Impossible To Alleviate – Political – Social – Or – Economic – Misery

! TL-DL-A-PTETDRO-JOE-E-TLO-H-O-ON-WTIISO-RAW–F-IB ~ Totalitarian Lawfulness – Defying Legality – And – Pretending To Establish The Direct Reign Of – Justice On Earth – Executes – The Law Of – History – Or – Of Nature – Without Translating It Into Standards Of – Right And Wrong – For – Individual Behavior

~ TAO-TE-HNBT-IC-B-T-DTCTFA ~ The Aim Of – Totalitarian Education – Has Never Been To – Install Convictions – But – To – Destroy The Capacity To Form Any

~ E/V-TPMDTTW-T-E-T-MBS-WTRNTGTBOIS-IAPTF-EWFTROEATROV ~ Executioners / Victims – The Process May Decide That Those Who – Today – Eliminate – Tomorrow – Must Be Sacrificed – What Totalitarian Rule Needs To Guide The Behavior Of Its Subjects – Is A Preparation To Fit – Equally Well For The Role Of Executioner And The Role Of Victim

~ I-I-W-TTSOTA-CE-EAEO-B-DIFASP-A-AVRP ~ Ideologies – Isms – Which – To The Satisfaction Of Their Adherents – Can Explain – Everything And Every Occurrence – By – Deducing It From A Single Premise – Are – A Very Recent Phenomenon

~ T-ISOTR-IN-TC-B-P-FW-TDB-FAF-(TROE)-A-TDB-TAF-(TSOT)-NLE ~ The – Ideal Subject Of Totalitarian Rule – Is Not – The Convinced – But – People – For Whom – The Distinction Between – Fact And Fiction – (The Reality Of Experience) – And – The Distinction Between – True And False – (The Standards Of Thought) – No Longer Exist

~ EEIHNCANB ~ Every End In History Necessarily Contains A New Beginning

ROLF DOBELLI ~ SCIENTIFICALLY RUBBER-STAMPED POINTERS TO MAKE – BETTER – BRIGHTER – DECISIONS ~ THE ART OF THINKING CLEARLY ~ 2013 ~ [TRANSLATION ~ NICKY GRIFFIN ~ 2013]

~ ANTTYCGAT-AS-C/N/CS ~ Avoid Negative Things That You Cannot Grow Accustomed To – Such As – Commuting / Noise / Chronic Stress

~ EOS-TH-F-MT-SA-C/H/LW/B/P ~ Expect Only Short-Term Happiness – From – Material Things – Such As – Cars / Houses / Lottery Winnings / Bonuses / Prizes

~ AFAM-FTAA-AP-S-L-LPEGCFWYAD ~ Aim For As Much – Free Time And Autonomy– As Possible – Since – Long-Lasting Positive Effects Generally Come From What You Actively Do

~ FYPEIYMFAPOYIFT ~ Follow Your Passions Even If You Must Forfeit A Portion Of Your Income For Them

~ IIF ~ Invest In Friendships

ROLF DOBELLI ~ THE ART OF THINKING CLEARLY ~ 2013 ~ [TRANSLATION ~ NICKY GRIFFIN ~ 2013]

~ WN-NEC-NNI-NUG-NFH-AWNILI ~ We Need – No Extra Cunning – No New Ideas – No Unnecessary Gadgets – No Frantic Hyperactivity – All We Need Is Less Irrationality

~ SB-BTIMMVTF-PSOTCOS-GAIBFVTGO-O-P-P/I/C ~ Survivorship Bias – Because Triumph Is Made More Visible Than Failure – People Systematically Overestimate Their Chances Of Success – Guard Against It By Frequently Visiting The Graves Of – Once-Promising – Projects / Investment / Careers

~ CI-WICT-PR-WAO-RYS-FC-PC ~ Clustering Illusion – When It Comes To – Pattern Recognition – We Are Oversensitive – Regain Your Skepticism – First Consider – Pure Chance

~ SP-TMPWFACI-TB(T)WDTITB-TIOC-A ~ Social Proof – The More People Who Follow A Certain Idea – The Better (Truer) We Deem The Idea To Be – This Is Of Course – Absurd

~ SCF-T/M/E/L-TMWI-TGTSCA-A-TGTUTCB-ANFC-LT-C-E-D-EOJ-NMHMYHAI-OYAOTFCABC ~ Sunk Cost Fallacy – Time / Money / Energy / Love – The More We Invest – The Greater The Sunk Costs Are – And – The Greater The Urge To Continue Becomes – A Need For Consistency – Leads To – Costly – Even – Disastrous – Errors Of Judgment – No Matter How Much You Have Already Invested – Only Your Assessment Of The Future Costs And Benefits Counts

~ R-PHEDBIAPD ~ Reciprocity – People Have Extreme Difficulty Being In Another Person’s Debt

~ CB-TTTINISTIBCWO-E-T/B/C-TIADP

~ Confirmation Bias – The Tendency To Interpret New Information So That It Becomes Compatible With Our – Existing – Theories / Beliefs / Convictions – This Is A Dangerous Practice

~ AB-WYAATMAD-TAWAFMBEAIOYR ~ Authority Bias – Whenever You Are About To Make A Decision – Think About Which Authority Figures Might Be Exerting An Influence On Your Reasoning

~ CE-WDN-S-G-C ~ Contrast Effect – We Don’t Notice – Small – Gradual – Changes

~ AB-WCAPOTW-UTETMECTM ~ Availability Bias – We Create A Picture Of The World – Using The Examples That Most Easily Come To Mind

~ ISI-ROE-IGSATFOOM-IDEHTBT ~ If Something Is – Repeated Often Enough – It Gets Stored At The Forefront Of Our Minds – It Doesn’t Even Have To Be True

~ SB-S-TGUA-FSOU-WIL-T-BR ~ Story Bias – Stories – They Give Us A – False Sense Of Understanding – Which Inevitably Leads – To – Bigger Risks

~ HB-IR-ESCAI-IMUBWABPTWAA-CUTBAAOK-A-C-TTTMR ~ Hindsight Bias – In Retrospect – Everything Seems Clear And Inevitable – It Makes Us Believe We Are Better Predictors Than We Actually Are – Causing Us To Be Arrogant About Our Knowledge – And – Consequentially – To Take Too Much Risk

~ W-S-O-O-K-A-ATP-OAMS ~ We – Systematically – Overestimate – Our – Knowledge – And – Ability To Predict – On A Massive Scale

~ CK-DNC-T-CS-T-R-T-N-T-S-T-VV-O-T-CG-WTW-PTK ~ Chauffeur Knowledge – Do Not Confuse – The – Company Spokesperson – The – Ringleader – The – Newscaster – The – Schmoozer – The – Verbiage Vendor – Or – The – Cliche Generator – With Those Who – Possess True Knowledge

~ IOC-TTTBTWCISOWWHANS ~ Illusion Of Control – The Tendency To Believe That We Can Influence Something Over Which We Have Absolutely No Sway

~ ‘PB’ ~ “Placebo Buttons”

~ OB-WTTE-D-BOT-R-RTOT-DP ~ Outcome Bias – We Tend To Evaluate – Decisions – Based On The – Result – Rather Than On The – Decision Process

~ LIM-POC-A-TIAL-WIIE-ASOCDQOL-HCYBSYAMTRC? ~ Less Is More – Paradox Of Choice – Abundance – There Is A Limit – When It Is Exceeded – A Surfeit Of Choices Destroys Quality Of Life – How Can You Be Sure You Are Making The Right Choice?

~ LB-TMWLS-TMIWAT-H-TP ~ Liking Bias – The More We Like Someone – The More Inclined We Are To – Help – That Person

~ AJAP-IOWISI ~ Always Judge A Product – Independent Of Who Is Selling It

~ EE-WCTTBMVTMWOT ~ Endowment Effect – We Consider Things To Be More Valuable The Moment We Own Them

~ DCTT-CYPSTT-‘U’-HBTY-T-KIMTICRT(OM)-ITBOAE ~ Don’t Cling To Things – Consider Your Property Something That The – “Universe” – Has Bestowed To You – Temporarily – Keep In Mind That It Can Recoup This (Or More) – In The Blink Of An Eye

~ GT-IYEFYIAT-UG-YMSYM-EIYTDNLI-QTA-EIYREFTWN ~ GroupThink – If You Ever Find Yourself In A Tight – Unanimous Group – You Must Speak Your Mind – Even If Your Team Does Not Like It – Question Tacit Assumptions – Even If You Risk Expulsion From The Warm Nest

~ NOP-WHNIGO-R-AT-DPADT ~ Neglect Of Probability – We Have No Intuitive Grasp Of – Risk – And Thus – Distinguish Poorly Among Different Threats

~ SE-TTRTS-I-ALICT ~ Scarcity Error – The Typical Response To Scarcity – Is – A Lapse In Clear Thinking

~ GF-ACAIAII-TISN-BF ~ Gambler’s Fallacy – As Comforting An Idea As It Is – There Is Simply No – Balancing Force

~ LA-TFO-LS-MPMTTPO-GS-O-EV ~ Loss Aversion – The Fear Of – Losing Something – Motivates People More Than The Prospect Of – Gaining Something– Of – Equal Value

~ WHBTD-‘DOR’-FTSR-TTTTBRTTMWTOTO ~ We Hide Behind Team Decisions – “Diffusion Of Responsibility” – For The Same Reason – Teams Tend To Take Bigger Risks Than Their Members Would Take On Their Own

~ TDOGCBMBMIPAVAP ~ The Disadvantages Of Groups Can Be Mitigated By Making Individual Performances As Visible As Possible

~ CINC-SWIPA-TC-TOTB-TE-A-VV-A-S-TINLAA ~ Correlation Is Not Causality – Sometimes What Is Presented As – The Cause – Turns Out To Be – The Effect – And – Vice Versa – And – Sometimes – There Is No Link At All

~ HE-WA-SA-DU-A-AHWSTFP-OOVOTC-TCT-GBFV-DD-ITTTDSR ~ Halo Effect – When A – Single Aspect – Dazzles Us – And – Affects How We See The Full Picture – Obstructs Our View Of True Characteristics – To Counteract This – Go Beyond Face Value – Dig Deeper – Invest The Time To Do Serious Research

~ F-WRDTIS-DOHTAP ~ Framing – We React Differently To Identical Situations – Depending On How They Are Presented

~ AB-LA-EIIAN-AWASI-NOU-I-NOSC-WFCTDS-A ~ Action Bias – Look Active – Even If It Achieves Nothing – Accentuated When A Situation Is – New Or Unclear – In – New Or Shaky Circumstances – We Feel Compelled To Do Something – Anything

~ S-SB-WASTOAFTEF ~ Self-Serving Bias – We Attribute Success To Ourselves And Failure To External Factors

~ ISPAATTW-‘B’-NLHW-‘B’-TULWGTWOHI ~ It Seems People Are Addicted To The Word – “Because” – Never Leave Home Without – “Because” – This Unassuming Little Word Greases The Wheels Of Human Interaction

~ M-DNAM-IMC-IDJTO ~ Money – Does Not Always Motivate – In Many Cases – It Does Just The Opposite

~ IB-TDTMIGBD ~ Information Bias – The Delusion That More Information Guarantees Better Decisions

~ TBWT-SYFNS-IT-AT ~ The Best Way To – Shield Yourself From Nasty Surprises – Is To – Anticipate Them

~ WWLION-WA-POOE-WM-CD-B-CO-F-NO-T ~ Whether We Like It Or Not – We Are – Puppets Of Our Emotions – We Make – Complex Decisions – By – Consulting Our – Feelings – Not Our – Thoughts

~ TBTRLTTOA-TII-NIMCTOOB-WBTIUGS-K-RYIOWTSSACFSRP-BYOTC ~ The Belief That Reflection Leads To Truth Or Accuracy – The Introspection Illusion – Nothing Is More Convincing Than Our Own Beliefs – We Believe That Introspection Unearths Genuine Self-Knowledge – Regard Your Internal Observations With The Same Skepticism As Claims From Some Random Person – Become Your Own Toughest Critic

~ MDANWE-EWTHSTTSE ~ Most Doors Are Not Worth Entering – Even When The Handle Seems To Turn So Effortlessly

~ TIAGAOTEOTI ~ The Inept Are Gifted At Overlooking The Extent Of Their Incompetence

~ BS-DTT-SS-E ~ Book Smarts – Don’t Transfer To – Street Smarts – Easily

~ S-C-NTTR ~ Self-Control – Needs Time To Refuel

~ PATS-AMAY-RTN ~ Pay Attention To Silences – As Much As You – Respond To Noises

~ CTP-NJTC ~ Check The Periphery – Not Just The Center

~ EAATCBSWTETK ~ Expect An Approach That Can Be Solved With The Expert’s Tool Kit

~ C-P-DTB-EATA ~ Cherry-Picking – Drawing The Bull’s-Eye Around The Arrow

~ TCA-WIA-TFOK-C-‘N’ ~ Two Centuries Ago – We Invented A – Toxic Form Of Knowledge – Called – “News”

~ Y-NBBFUTW ~ Yes – Nothing Beats Books For Understanding The World

BRENE BROWN ~ DEBUNKING THE VULNERABILITY MYTHS ~ DARING GREATLY ~ 2012

VULNERABILITY IS WEAKNESS

~ VITCOAEAF-TFITBV-TBVIWITBTFIW-TFOOELOOAFTTCWBTH-ITWAF-TVTTGPAMTL ~ Vulnerability Is The Core Of All Emotions And Feelings – To Feel Is To Be Vulnerable – To Believe Vulnerability Is Weakness Is To Believe That Feeling Is Weakness – To Foreclose On Our Emotional Life Out Of A Fear That The Costs Will Be Too High – Is To Walk Away From – The Very Thing That Gives Purpose And Meaning To Living

I DON’T DO VULNERABILITY

~ WCOOOT-U/R/EE-TWTODE-LIV ~ We Can’t Opt Out Of The – Uncertainty / Risk / Emotional Exposure – That’s Woven Through Our Daily Experiences – Life Is Vulnerable

VULNERABILITY IS LETTING IT ALL HANG OUT

~ V-WB-LT-D/D/D-WNTFTTBV-A-WNTBVIOTT ~ Vulnerability – Without Boundaries – Leads To – Disconnection / Distrust / Disengagement – We Need To Feel Trust To Be Vulnerable – And – We Need To Be Vulnerable In Order To Trust

CARLO CIPOLLA ~ THE BASIC LAWS OF HUMAN STUPIDITY ~ 2021

~ OIRARSBTFT:PWOHOJRAITOTBUS=OIHIOABSIWASAUITMIPAATMIM ~ One Is Repeatedly And Recurrently Startled By The Fact That: People Whom One Had Once Judged Rational And Intelligent Turn Out To Be Unashamedly Stupid + One Is Harassed In One’s Activities By Stupid Individuals Who Appear Suddenly And Unexpectedly In The Most Inconvenient Places And At The Most Improbable Moments

~ SIAIPOAHGAIUDATACP-TOFTSPOSPWOICVLGODWVSO-YAHTFTSPOSP-WP(IAWTFL)WASYE ~ Stupidity Is An Indiscriminate Privilege Of All Human Groups And Is Uniformly Distributed According To A Constant Proportion – Thus One Finds The Same Percentage Of Stupid People Whether One Is Considering Very Large Groups Or Dealing With Very Small Ones – You Always Have To Face The Same Percentage Of Stupid People – Which Percentage (In Accordance With The First Law) Will Always Surpass Your Expectations

~ WTBTDHW-AGOAL-T-D-IUTDTDANT ~ Whether The Blow To Dick’s Head Was – A Gain Or A Loss – To – Dick – Is Up To Dick To Decide And Not Tom

~ TFITRPHDCAUUB ~ The Fact Is That Reasonable People Have Difficulty Conceiving And Understanding Unreasonable Behavior

~ NTG-F-C-E/D/H-TINE-OB-TIOOE:TPIQIS ~ Nothing To Gain – From – Causing – Embarrassment / Difficulties / Harm – There Is No Explanation – Or Better – There Is Only One Explanation: The Person In Question Is Stupid

~ S-S ~ Super-Stupid

~ SAP-TDPOASPIRTTPOPAC ~ Stupidity And Power – The Damaging Potential Of A Stupid Person Is Related To The Position Of Power And Consequence

~ TPOS ~ The Power Of Stupidity

~ S/P/I-P-ETDPOASP ~ Social / Political / Institutional – Power – Enhances The Damaging Potential Of A Stupid Person

~ E-SPADAD-B-RPFIDTIAUUB-B-TSPADNCTTROR-OIGCBS-OCOARD-B-TAILARS ~ Essentially – Stupid People Are Dangerous And Damaging – Because – Reasonable People Find It Difficult To Imagine And Understand Unreasonable Behavior – Because – The Stupid Person’s Actions Do Not Conform To The Rules Of Rationality – One Is Generally Caught By Surprise – One Cannot Organize A Rational Defense – Because – The Attack Itself Lacks Any Rational Structure

~ OOOITTAOWASI-FOOS-SAMCOHDE-B-IIBOACMOTENOS-IGTSPAS-BOT-EBOTS-OCNFATS-AAR-A-BLOWBPBTUMOTS ~ On Occasion One Is Tempted To Associate Oneself With A Stupid Individual – For One’s Own Schemes – Such A Maneuver Can Only Have Disastrous Effects – Because – It Is Based On A Complete Misunderstanding Of The Essential Nature Of Stupidity – It Gives The Stupid Person Added Scope – Because Of The – Erratic Behavior Of The Stupid – One Can Not Foresee All The Stupid’s – Actions And Reactions – And – Before Long One Will Be Pulverized By The Unpredictable Moves Of The Stupid

LEWIS WOLPERT ~ SIX IMPOSSIBLE THINGS BEFORE BREAKFAST ~ 2006

~ WHHABNTHBTAFIEIOL ~ We Humans Have A Basic Need To Have Beliefs That Account For Important Events In Our Lives

~ COOBCFLACOO ~ Criticism Of Our Beliefs Can Feel Like A Criticism Of Ourselves

~ PPATPU-IG-MF ~ People’s Perceptions About Themselves Are Peculiarly Unreliable – In General – More Flattering

~ TIAW-ETTAFOOBIARDWFTWWUTETBOOP-WBOOB-TBHIBECAS-BC-TBOOIMMOBTBTROTPOT-UPTAD ~ There Is A Well-Established Tendency To Account For Our Own Behaviour In A Rather Different Way From That Which We Use To Explain The Behaviour Of Other People –We Believe Our Own Behaviour – To Be Heavily Influenced By External Causes And Situations – By Contrast – The Behaviour Of Others – Is Much More Often Believed To Be The Result Of The Product Of The – Underlying Personal Traits And Dispositions

~ OPORIC-A-MBLRTTOP ~ Our Perception Of Risk Is Complex – And – May Bear Little Relation To The Objective Probabilities

~ IIVHTASB-WALF-CRTF-OBAF-TTTP ~ It Is Very Hard To Alter Someone’s Beliefs – We All Look For – Confirmation Rather Than Falsification – Once Beliefs Are Formed – They Tend To Persevere

~ AITFCF-IEAS-LT-MD-E-A-S-TIASTTMUACSTPAE-IAICII ~ An Inability To Find Causes For – Important Events And Situations – Leads To – Mental Discomfort – Even – Anxiety – So – There Is A Strong Tendency To Make Up A Causal Story To Provide An Explanation – Ignorance About Important Causes Is Intolerable

~ B-HN-BTSOM-N-SR ~ Belief – Has Not – Been The Subject Of Much – Neuro-Scientific Research

~ B-IAPO-T-B ~ Belief – Is A Property Of – The – Brain

~ TPFO-T-B-T-CBM ~ The Primary Function Of – The – Brain – To – Control Bodily Movements

~ HWAABIFFC;IIAMO-E-C-I-A-E ~ How We Arrive At Beliefs Is Far From Clear; It Is A Mixture Of – Experience – Cognition – Intuition – And – Emotion

~ CC-IACIITPOB-ASICAOB-TSWTO-I-AFPOHN ~ Cognitive Consistency – Is Another Central Idea In The Psychology Of Belief – A Satisfying Internal Consistency About Our Beliefs – The Stories We Tell Ourselves – Is – A Fundamental Part Of Human Nature

~ W-HTCF-S-D-WI-TATHTCBATST ~ We – Have The Capacity For – Self-Deception – Which Includes – The Ability To Hold Two Contradictory Beliefs At The Same Time

~ MROASCSOBTIIT ~ Mere Repetition Of A Statement Can Strengthen One’s Belief That It Is True

~ H-TTT-UFT-SR-HUF-MFD-I-D-T-DL:TAE-B ~ Heuristics – The Technical Term – Used For The – Simple Rules – Humans Use For – Making Fast Decisions – In – Day-To-Day Lives: They Are Essentially – Beliefs

~ NEITON ~ Negative Evidence Is Too Often Neglected

~ EL-JOE-CEG-FB ~ Emotions Like – Jealousy Or Envy – Can Even Generate – False Beliefs

~ WHW-ACSAEOIL-APE-A-ATO-IOTFWOB ~ We Humans Want – A Consistent Story About Events In Our Lives – A Plausible Explanation – And – All Too Often – Invent One To Fit With Other Beliefs

~ TANSDLBNBADB ~ There Are No Sharp Dividing Lines Between Normal Beliefs And Delusional Beliefs

~ D-CBSAAA-AAFO-TMSOTW ~ Delusions – Could Be Seen As An Attempt – Alas A False One – To Make Sense Of The World

~ AFO-D-ITTCLT-B-TPT-F ~ A Feature Of – Delusions – Is That They Can Lead To – Behaviour – That Prevents Their – Falsification

~ S-C-U-M-B-A-WMBLICOWWBTWWLTB ~ Suggestibility – Can – Underlie – Many – Beliefs – And – We May Be Less In Control Of What We Believe Than We Would Like To Believe

~ MIE:ITMOSIC-IIETB ~ Meaning Is Essential: If The Meaning Of Suffering Is Clear – It Is Easier To Bear

~ TARO-D-STOBCUGETHNAO ~ The Apparent Reality Of – Dreams – Shows That Our Brains Can Unconsciously Generate Experiences That Have Not Actually Occurred

~ PMBWT-B-TWT-PB-IMTFG ~ People May Believe Weird Things – Because – They Want To – Perhaps Because – It Makes Them Fell Good

~ WAQCA-E-ETGAGWHS ~ We Are Quite Casual About – Evaluating – Evidence That Goes Against Beliefs We Hold Strongly

~ TBOTWP-EOOWDNSTB ~ The Beliefs Of Those With Power – Exerted On Others Who Do Not Share Those Beliefs

~ A-S-N-ATD-ITPV-F-W?~ Are – Scientists – Now – All That Different – In The Public View – From – Witches?

NASSIM TALEB ~ NO ~ VIA NEGATIVA ~ SKIN IN THE GAME ~ 2018

~ M-W-S ~ Muscles – Without – Strength

~ F-W-T ~ Friendship – Without – Trust

~ O-W-C ~ Opinion – Without – Consequence

~ C-W-A ~ Change – Without – Aesthetics

~ A-W-V ~ Age – Without – Values

~ L-W-E ~ Life – Without – Effort

~ W-W-T ~ Water – Without – Thirst

~ F-W-N ~ Food – Without – Nourishment

~ L-W-S ~ Love – Without – Sacrifice

~ P-W-F ~ Power – Without – Fairness

~ F-W-R ~ Facts – Without – Rigor

~ S-W-L ~ Statistics – Without – Logic

~ M-W-P ~ Mathematics – Without – Proof

~ T-W-E ~ Teaching – Without – Experience

~ P-W-W ~ Politeness – Without – Warmth

~ V-W-E ~ Values – Without – Embodiment

~ D-W-E ~ Degrees – Without – Erudition

~ M-W-F ~ Militarism – Without – Fortitude

~ P-W-C ~ Progress – Without – Civilization

~ F-W-I ~ Friendship – Without – Investment

~ V-W-R ~ Virtue – Without – Risk

~ P-W-E ~ Probability – Without – Ergodicity

~ W-W-E ~ Wealth – Without – Exposure

~ C-W-D ~ Complication – Without – Depth

~ F-W-C ~ Fluency – Without – Content

~ D-W-S ~ Decision – Without – Symmetry

~ S-W-S ~ Science – Without – Skepticism

~ R-W-T ~ Religion – Without – Tolerance

NASSIM TALEB ~ SKIN IN THE GAME ~ 2018

~ HAIDL ~ Hidden Asymmetries In Daily Life

~ IATINDBAATRW;ITRW-TI ~ In Academia There Is Not Difference Between Academia And The Real World; In The Real World – There Is

~ IYHTR-YMAGSOTR-NLOPTPOYM ~ If You Have The Rewards – You Must Also Get Some Of The Risks – Not Let Others Pay The Price Of Your Mistakes

~ IYIROO-ATAH-YNTPSPFI ~ If You Inflict Risk On Others – And – They Are Harmed – You Need To Pay Some Price For It

~ IDLRBTIMOTO ~ I Don’t Like Reading Books That Inform Me Of The Obvious

~ ODAPBEJI ~ One Debases A Principle By Endlessly Justifying It

~ YCS-K-F-CWTG-A-YCS-A-F-CWTG ~ You Cannot Separate – Knowledge – From – Contact With The Ground – Actually – You Cannot Separate – Anything – From – Contact With The Ground

~ TKWGB-T-V-TAE-E-A-TWOT-IOW-CWTE-IVSTT-OT-R ~ The Knowledge We Get By – Tinkering – Via – Trial And Error – Experience – And – The Workings Of Time – In Other Words – Contact With The Earth – Is Vastly Superior To That – Obtained Through – Reasoning

~ ESB-LD ~ Elaborate Semiabstract Buzzword-Laden Discourse

~ I-NLFH-TF:TTISND/TTIL-N-H-D/TTITOA-NI ~ Interventionistas – Never Learn From History – Three Flaws: They Think In Statics Not Dynamics / They Think In Low – Not – High – Dimensions / They Think In Terms Of Actions – Never Interactions

~ RL-HTH-S/T/F/N-S ~ Real Life – Happens To Have – Second / Third / Fourth / Nth – Steps

~ WWCT-I-D-LMD-SBTNHTPFTCOTA ~ What We Call The – Intelligensia – Delusional – Literally Mentally Deranged – Simply Because They Never Have To Pay For The Consequences Of Their Actions

~ I-FDNH ~ Intervention – First Do No Harm

~ WHABC-B-WSET-DTW-NWC ~ We Have Always Been Crazy – But – Weren’t Skilled Enough To – Destroy The World – Now We Can

~ B-IA CBWAPI-CSFTCOHOHA ~ Bureaucracy – Is A Construction By Which A Person Is – Conveniently Separated From The Consequences Of His Or Her Actions

~ W-WHNCBT-D-O-MP-T-L ~ Well – We Have No Choice But To – Decentralize – Or – More Politely – To – Localize

~ D-R-LSA ~ Decentralization – Reduces Large Structural Asymmetries

~ S-ITTOPO-AR-TAC-SITG ~ Somehow – In The Thousands Of Pages Of – Additional Regulations – They Avoided Considering – Skin In The Game

~ S-LB-RP-VN ~ Systems – Learn By – Removing Parts – Via Negativa

~ SITG-KHHIC ~ Skin In The Game – Keeps Human Hubris In Check

~ WKWMMCWIBTWIG ~ We Know With Much More Clarity What Is Bad Than What Is Good

~ VN-ABR-I-MPALE-P-T-VP-ABA ~ Via Negativa – Acting By Removing – Is – More Powerful And Less Error-Prone – Than – Via Positiva – Acting By Addition

~ ATAFSWGAFAL-U-TIAPFTA ~ Avoid Taking Advice From Someone Who Gives Advice For A Living – Unless – There Is A Penalty For Their Advice

~ WABA-D-T-U ~ We Are Better At – Doing – Than – Understanding

~ TLE-TRTFAKTR-A-TLEOTNLWT ~ The Lindy Effect: Time Removes The Fragile And Keeps The Robust – And – The Life Expectancy Of The Nonfragile Lengthens With Time

~ OAN(BP) ~ Overeducated And Naive (But Punctual)

~ TINKRDO-R-TMRO-T-‘N’-R ~ There Is No Known Rigorous Definition Of – Rationality – That Makes Rejection Of The – “Natural” – Rational

~ WI-R-ITWA-TCE-MTLFALT-T-S- ~ What Is – Rational – Is That What Allows – The Collective Entities – Meant To Live For A Long Time – To – Survive

~ CH-WBAFI ~ Causing Harm – Without Being Accountable For It

~ TWTSD-A-OTWDST ~ Those Who Talk Should Do – And – Only Those Who Do Should Talk

~ ATGMT-TI-AGSBTMATU ~ As Things Get More Technical – There Is – A Growing Separation Between The Maker And The User

~ TDB-PWSITG-TTGI-C-BT-FC ~ Things Designed By – People Without Skin In The Game – Tend To Grow In – Complication – Before Their – Final Collapse

~ IYC-ES-R ~ If You Can’t – Effectively Sue – Regulate

~ AYDT-OYW-CSC-SM-‘E’-OOI(AOOYL)-WEMYDI ~ Anything You Do To – Optimize Your Work – Cut Some Corners – Squeeze More – “Efficiency” – Out Of It (And Out Of Your Life) – Will Eventually Make You Dislike It

~ AHTSITG ~ Artisans Have Their Soul In The Game

~ PWTHTSITG ~ People Want To Have Their Soul In The Game

~ TSNBAATEOO ~ Thou Shalt Not Become Antifragile At The Expense Of Others

~ YNTEWYFO ~ You Need To Eat What You Feed Others

~ TEIAMRTTL-OT-IITLTSCTTE-NTR ~ The Ethical Is Always More Robust Than The Legal – Over Time – It Is The Legal That Should Converge To The Ethical – Never The Reverse

~ L-CAG;E-S ~ Laws – Come And Go; Ethics – Stay

~ SM ~ Scaling Matters

~ TEACCSBWPAAC-PTC-AITEUBR-SCCBTL-GBDAADS ~ There Exists A Certain Community Size Below Which People Act As Collectivists – Protecting The Commons – As If The Entire Unit Became Rational – Such Commons Cannot Be Too Large – Groups Behave Differently At A Different Scale

~ ROM-EMIG ~ Reliance On Metrics – Every Metric Is Gameable

~ Y-TMM-R ~ Yes – The Most Motivated – Rules

~ TMILALMTWASD-A-TBWTDASITSIH[H]FIOTSOTTRTTOTD ~ The Market Is Like A Large Movie Theater With A Small Door – And – The Best Way To Detect A Sucker Is To See If His[Her] Focus Is On The Size Of The Theater Rather Than That Of The Door

~ T-S-C-M-UTP-T-SG-AW-NAM ~ The – So-Called – Mathematics – Used To Prove – The – Selfish Gene – Are Woefully – Naive And Misplaced

~ LPA-UAGS-A-TWTCOT ~ Leave People Alone – Under A Good Structure – And – They Will Take Care Of Things

~ FINF ~ Freedom Is Never Free

~ WM-IWAPHODH;IIWHOSIAOL ~ What Matters – Isn’t What A Person Has Or Doesn’t Have; It Is What He Or She Is Afraid Of Losing

~ TMYHTL-TMFYA ~ The More You Have To Lose – The More Fragile You Are

~ TSOOIYG ~ The Skin Of Others In Your Game

~ THO-W-EIYEUV-IMTTFTTTE-OTNCB-CS-MYWPTP-ASCAY ~ The History Of – Whistleblowers – Even If You End Up Vindicated – It May Take Time For The Truth To Emerge – Over The Noise Created By – Corporate Shills – Meanwhile You Will Pay The Price – A Smear Campaign Against You

~ TWEI-SC-AAP-AN-IAEE-HATBT-STIA-R-WAPT-ES ~ Those Who Engage In – Smear Campaigning – As A Profession – Are Necessarily – Incompetent At Everything Else – Hence At That Business Too – So The Industry Accumulates – Rejects – Who Are Prone To – Ethical Stretches

~ PTWA-FIWARTAWTSTWA ~ Precede Talk With Action – For It Will Always Remain That Action Without Talk Supersedes Talk Without Action

~ IYI ~ Intellectual Yet Idiot

~ WPR-O-SR-I-TPATTWHNSITG-ITTPOF ~ What People Resent – Or – Should Resent – Is – The Person At The Top Who Has No Skin In The Game – Immune To The Possibility Of Falling

~ TE-I-EIP ~ True Equality – Is – Equality In Probability

~ TPINTP-IIHPHI ~ The Problem Is Never The Problem – It Is How People Handle It

~ IY-PL-CWY-IO-ICY-II-NY-PL ~ If Your – Private Life – Conflicts With Your – Intellectual Opinion – It – Cancels Your – Intellectual Ideas – Not Your – Private Life

~ TVM ~ The Virtue Merchants

~ V-INSY-A ~ Virtue – Is Not Something You – Advertise

~ C-ITOVYCF ~ Courage – Is The Only Virtue You Cannot Fake

~ P-B-F-U-L ~ Pronouncements – By – Fools – Using – Labels

~ OO-P-BT-V-T-AOK ~ Outside Of – Poetry – Beware The – Verbalistic – That – Archenemy Of Knowledge

~ IPS ~ Intolerant Political System

~ R-RIWY-D-NIWY-T-O-IWY-‘B’~ Rationality – Resides In What You – Do – Not In What You – Think – Or – In What You – “Believe”

~ SCF-T/U/S-L ~ Survival Comes First – Truth / Understanding / Science – Later

~ WIRITWAFS-ATH-S-I-I ~ What Is Rational Is That Which Allows For Survival – Anything That Hinders – Survival – Is – Irrational

~ IOTS-YMFS ~ In Order To Succeed – You Must First Survive

~ NCAR-I-IIOAFFD ~ Never Cross A River – If – It Is On Average Four Feet Deep

~ CAP-AO ~ Courage And Precaution – Aren’t Opposites

~ SC-INC ~ Selfish Courage – Is Not Courage

CHRIS HEDGES ~ LOSING MOSES ON THE FREEWAY ~ 2005

~ WCSTIOW-IIHTSOO~ We Can See The Idols Others Worship – It Is Hard To See Our Own

~ IAA-SW ~ Idols – Are Always About – Self-Worship

~ TP-STD-RACAAOP-B-TITRPAC-TMO-TP-O-WAO-IS-THADSB-TO-TA-FAD ~ The Prophets – Spent Their Days – Raging Against Corruption And Abuse Of Power – By – Those In The Royal Palaces And Courts – The Mistreatment Of – The Poor – Of – Widows And Orphans – In Short – The Hard And Difficult Struggle By – The Oppressed – To Achieve – Freedom And Dignity

~ W-GAPI-A-NLT-WTB-ESFPPAW-ATEOTIAWOTP-ISTMTHDNP-TIALOFITSDTHCT-TE-PBT-BN-OR-TBWTWTB ~ When – Government And Public Institutions – Are – No Longer Trusted – When They Become – Engines Solely For Personal Power And Wealth – At The Expense Of The Interests And Welfare Of The Public – It Sends The Message That Honesty Does Not Pay – There Is A Loss Of Faith In The Structures Designed To Hold Community Together – Trust Evaporates – People Begin To – Believe Nothing – Or Rather – They Believe What They Want To Believe

~ EMO-RTLOTP-WLONS-STFOTT ~ Established Media Organs – Relay The Lies Of The Powerful – With Little Or No Scrutiny –– Serving To Further Obscure The Truth

~ ASWTMTDLAT-S-S-I-LAF ~ A Society Without The Means To Detect Lies And Theft – Soon – Squanders – Its – Liberty And Freedom