Even though the world is governed by laws, human beings are able to be free. In fact, there is no difference between being genuinely free and having a distinctively human psychological architecture. But self-deception and rationalization can result in the replacement of actual beliefs with operational pseudo-beliefs. When this happens, the result is a sociopathic pseudo-person. The difference between a sociopath and a psychopath is that, whereas the sociopath once had a distinctively human psychological architecture, the psychopath never developed such an architecture to begin with. Thus, whereas the sociopath's personality is that of an ossified human, the psychopath has no real personality to speak of. What the psychopath lacks in the way of an actual identity, he replaces with narratives, the primary function of which is to give a semblance of cohesiveness to his otherwise gelatinous psyche, and a secondary function of which is to defraud others. But the psychopath's tendency to defraud others is merely a way of providing external reinforcement for his flimsy narrative-based faux-identity.
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I have never encountered such virtuosity, such authorativeness in an author. It all comes together, like a Mozart symphony.
The way that the psychoanalytic discussions of Einhorn and Wittgenstein managed to unify all of the previous material.
The discussion of Wittgenstein.
It's too long for that, and it's too rich in information. Every sentence demands consideration.
The narrator has a friendly and relaxed tone, but he was not in his element here.
in a way it was better. when you hear it, you realize the depth of what you are hearing
the systematic nature of it
only one character.
determinism, freedom, and psychopathy
great book, over the heads of most people, however