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Mark Bernstein: Villainy
"If we have not yet achieved planetary super-villainy on the desktop, it may be feasible to fit it into a suburban office suite. Social media and Web science permit the modern villain to deploy traditional cruelties to great and surprising effect. Because the impact of villainous techniques is radically asymmetric, our fetid plots are difficult and costly to foil. "
social-media  paper  evil 
july 2018 by tsuomela
New Demons: Rethinking Power and Evil Today // Reviews // Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame
"Simona Forti, New Demons: Rethinking Power and Evil Today, Zakiya Hanafi (trs.), Stanford University Press, 2015, 388pp., $29.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780804792950."
book  review  philosophy  evil  ethics  morality 
october 2015 by tsuomela
Wheaton College, C.S. Lewis
"When someone defensively prefers the nightmare to the evidence, then we know — we know — that he enjoys the nightmare. We know that it serves some emotional or political need for him — a need so great that reality itself cannot stop him from trying to meet it." Annotated link http://www.diigo.com/bookmark/http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2012/07/23/wheaton-college-c-s-lewis-bad-jackie-on-preferring-the-nightmare-to-reality/
evangelical  religion  critique  belief  evil  other  evidence  rationality  fear 
july 2012 by tsuomela
I, Cringely » Blog Archive » Is Technology Evil? - Cringely on technology
TRADING has winners and losers but Goldman is an INVESTMENT bank (worse still, they are now a bank holding company) pretending to be on the side of economic growth. Trading relies on finding and exploiting inefficiencies in the system while investing grows the economy. Trading is a parasite on investing. I’m not saying to ban it, I AM saying that technology has enabled outfits like Goldman to be such efficient parasites that they threaten the survival of their hosts.
technology-effects  technology  banking  business  finance  evil  investment  high-frequency-trading 
august 2009 by tsuomela
The Evil That Men Do
review of 3 books on Armenian genocide
book  review  history  evil  genocide  1h20c 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: The "evil poor" problem
In not raising this question, he’s perpetuating one of the great hypocrisies of the right. On the one hand, they exaggerate the extent to which people respond to incentives - hence the claim that the 50p tax rate will do huge damage. But on the other hand, when the poor respond to incentives by turning to crime, they demand not that incentives be changed - except, of course, to cut welfare benefits - but moralise about “evil.”
poverty  evil  behavior  attribution  bias  psychology  fundamental-attribution-error 
may 2009 by tsuomela

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