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Morality, Compassion, and the Sociopath - by Venkat

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For those of you who want the elevator-pitch version, the short position is this: my entire thesis is amoral; there are good and evil sociopaths; more sociopaths is a good thing; the clueless and losers are exactly as likely to engage in evil behaviors as sociopaths. Details follow. Keep in mind that this is a very rough sketch, and a sidebar to the main series that I really don’t want to pursue too far.

http://www.ribbonfarm.com/2009/11/21/morality-compassion-and-the-sociopath/

I can't really say whether the author is correct or not, but I found this article very interesting.

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I just returned to work and have a shit-ton of catching up to do. But I've printed the post and will plow through it over the next few days. Doesn't look much like bathroom reading and I already smell Nietzche in the margins.

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I couldn't get through it either.

But I do think the usage of Sociopath in the article is far too broad and not accurate.

Not medically accurate.

Edited by bpladybug

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Interesting, but a difficult read. It's largely a translation of Nietzsche into organizational structure via "The Office". I don't watch the show so I was without context. And his use of the term "Sociopath" is very definitely non-clinical, and really pretty inappropriate. Still, the title of the post made it look to my coworkers like I was reading something very heavy and clinically applicable. Shows just how much of a sociopath I am....

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Thank you! I admit to having to google "The Office" so will use that as my fall-back excuse for not "gettin' it". Vanderk, you rock and you are my rock!

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Yeah, we old folks here are just out of touch with the new programs. Still pining away for "Your Show of Shows". If the author had written this in the context of that show we could have a fuller discussion, I think. Now just fax me a bowl of soup and a round of the yummy looking bread and we'll call it even!

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Soup and bread on its way...if you do not receive it in a timely manner, you and your wife MUST drop by on your where-shall-we-move-in-our-retirement adventure. YES!!

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