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.
Yes, because when you listen to it, you have to consider all of it. You can't skip through, which one has a tendency to do this sort of material, because it is so rich in emotional resonances and logical nuances.
the shrewd analyses of psychopathy, the careful psychoanalytic stage-setting that precede it
peeling away the mask of sanity
the author is uncannily knowledgeable, about many, many things. and what a writer! he is an inspired poet!