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Elect your local hypocrite
June 12, 2004 | G&M | Doug Saunders.

Hypocrisy now has the backing of science. Keith Stanovich, a cognitive scientist at the University of Toronto, has built a strong scientific case in defence of hypocn'sy

Mr. Stanovich, in his fascinating book The Robot's Rebellion, defines hypocrisy as the collision of first-order and second-order thought. First-order thought consists of the basic, animal desires promoted by our genes — reproduction, self-preservation, mate-finding, nest-building, self-aggrandizement and personal defence

People whose thoughts are mostly first-order are known as wantons: Their personal desires and aspirations are their only goals, and their principles consist of remaking the world to suit those goals People who vote for right-wing parties entirely because they want to pay less tax are wantons. So are people who vote for left-wing parties just because they want their organizations to get more grants.

Second-order thought looks beyond personal needs into rational calculations of larger principles and goals: If I give up this desire right now, it says, we all could be better off. It is higher, more principled intelligence. It constantly battles with our first-order desires, tending to require an even higher order of thought to reconcile those collisions. in Mr. Stanovich's system, the people who engage in this kind of thinking are known as strong evaluators.
Hypocrisy is a product of strong evaluation.
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september 2012 by jerryking
Who Is James Johnson? - NYTimes.com
By DAVID BROOKS
June 16, 2011 . Brooks' point is that some of the most serious scandals
are not salacious, occur slowly and receive little media attention. And
so it was with Fannie Mae, a quasi-govt. agency tasked with the effort
to expand home-ownership. Fannie's executives engaged in
self-aggrandizement and Fannie became a cancer that helped spread risky
behavior and low standards across the housing industry....Gretchen
Morgenson, a Times colleague, and the financial analyst Joshua Rosner
have written “Reckless Endangerment,” a brave book that exposes the
affair in clear and gripping form.
scandals  David_Brooks  books  self-aggrandizement  Fannie_Mae  inconspicuous  obscurity  latent  hidden 
june 2011 by jerryking

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