Geeks versus Sociopaths

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Geeks versus Sociopaths

Postby Tom Palven » Tue Nov 15, 2016 2:32 pm

Wasn't sure what to title this thread, but I think "Geeks versus Sociopaths" will do.

Below is a link to a theory that might have implications if skepticism gets popular, and unfortunately may already be relevant. ;)

"MOP" is apparently used in England for "Member of the Public."
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Re: Geeks versus Sociopaths

Postby bobbo_the_Pragmatist » Tue Nov 15, 2016 8:54 pm

How to form a cult and rip their money off: take any subject at all and create your own vocabulary.
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Re: Geeks versus Sociopaths

Postby ElectricMonk » Tue Nov 15, 2016 9:26 pm

Sounds to me how "creative destruction" is supposed to work.
I've come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies:
1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
2. Anything that's invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
3. Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things.
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Re: Geeks versus Sociopaths

Postby Gord » Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:45 pm

That article makes me think Trump is a sociopath -- but "only in Rao’s informal sense, not a technical, clinical one".
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"You are also taking my words out of context." -- Justin
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