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!
the psychological parts
the psychological parts
he did not enunciate, sounded like he was reading an add for insurance
yes, the parts about the masks that the psychopath wears rang some serious bells
like the psychoanalysis more than i like the philosophy, the narrator was not so good
the range, it had scope, as well as depth; it was vast, and yet centered
the tightly analytical nature of it, combined with oddly literary, and rather profound, anecdotes or stories.
the hypnotic calmness
too long for that, too much information
there is a lot in this book
the discussion of mental illness
the analysis of determinism
the discussion of ira einhorn
behind the mask of sanity
the penetrating discussions of cultural icons towards the end
the blistering critique of the counter-culture movement
it was relaxed. he did not articulate well at times.
that Wittgenstein simply wasn't very smart.
the author is absolutely, absolutely a genius
yes, it must be listened to several times.
the discussion of determinism
gomer pyle lives
yes, the way that psychology was explained in terms of natural science, and natural science in terms of metaphysics...I was impressed
author good, narrator ok but not right for this job
Authenticity is hard.
not appropriate, since non fiction
the easy going tone
that predictability is different from determinism
I like the parts on causation. The author is really at home there.
yes, it is very, very rich in information
the discussion of Foucault, it was refreshingly honest
a kind of folksy quality
yes, the discussion of foucault
it's a great book
yes, because informative.
the mask of sanity, by harvey cleckley
did not enunciate clearliy
the distinction between psychopathy and sociopathy
brilliant book, not the right narrator. not bad, but not appropriate for this part.
yes, very rich in information
the discussion of second-order desires
no, it's six hours long
the author is great
yes, deep, clear, thorough answers to questions that are seldom asked, but should be, and never answered
the discussion of different kinds of mental illness
its morally centered quality
yes, the discussion of intentions
a tour de force
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