Category Archives: Behaviour

The Social Anti-Social Animal…

Inside humans is a deep fear of loneliness and a deep need to connect with others. Some choose the life of a hermit but they are exceptions. It is men who are most proud of their independence, indeed, who most … Continue reading

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Varieties of Narcissism…

Self-hatred is not humility; it is, in fact, a cousin of self-love as both are descended from self-obsession. Rather than being exceptionally great one is exceptionally bad. Neither assertion, in most cases, is a true one. This has political as … Continue reading

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Nightmares of an Eminent Person…

Ray Monk’s biography of Bertrand Russell’s later life, The Ghosts of Madness, is among the most depressing books that I have ever read. For readers who think of Russell as the twinkly grandfather of liberal humanism it will come as … Continue reading

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On Intellectual Perversity…

Ours is an age in which a measure of social status has been attached to intellectual perversity – that is, the desire or compulsion to oppose what is orthodox in the world of ideas. Enlightenment philosophes challenged the bishops and … Continue reading

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Ideology and LARPing…

Live action role-playing is a curious phenomenon that sees people dress up as fictional characters and replicate their behaviour. LARPs can involve hundreds of people at a time: firing airsoft guns, improvising speeches and escaping the general mundanity of their … Continue reading

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