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jdtchicago

Joined September 2016

Filling in the gaps of my education goodreads.com/CulinaryDropout
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A Confederacy of Dunces | John Kennedy Toole

I have taken to arriving at the office one hour later than I am expected. Therefore, I am far more rested and refreshed when I do arrive, and I avoid that bleak first hour of the working day
during which my still sluggish senses and body make every chore a penance. I find that in arriving later, the work which I do perform is of a much higher quality.

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A Confederacy of Dunces | John Kennedy Toole

Psychiatry is worse than communism. I refuse to be brainwashed. I won't be a robot!

IamIamIam My son likes to get dramatic when anything involves his sister and usually says, "Oh my God, Jo!" I swear, I laugh every time and call him Ignatius. Nobody gets it. ??? 2w
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A Confederacy of Dunces | John Kennedy Toole

You could tell by the way he talked, though, that he had gone to school a long time. That was probably what was wrong with him.

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The authors pointed out that nearly all research in psychology is conducted on a very small subset of the human population: people from cultures that are Western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic (“WEIRD”). They then reviewed dozens of studies showing that WEIRD people are statistical outliers; they are the least typical, least representative people you could study if you want to make generalizations about human nature...

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We‘re all stuck here for a while, so let‘s try to work it out.

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It would be nice to believe that we humans were designed to love everyone unconditionally. Nice, but rather unlikely from an evolutionary perspective. Parochial love—love within groups—amplified by similarity, a sense of shared fate, and the suppression of free riders, may be the most we can accomplish.

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skilled arguers … are not after the truth but after arguments supporting their views.

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When I was a teenager I wished for world peace, but now I yearn for a world in which competing ideologies are kept in balance, systems of accountability keep us all from getting away with too much, and fewer people believe that righteous ends justify violent means. Not a very romantic wish, but one that we might actually achieve.

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Happiness comes from between. It comes from getting the right relationships between yourself and others, yourself and your work, and yourself and something larger than yourself.

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let‘s imagine that 95 % of the food on Earth magically disappears tonight, guaranteeing that almost all of us will starve to death within 2 months. Law and order collapse....Who among us will still be alive a year from now? Will it be the biggest, strongest, and most violent individuals in each town? Or will it be the people who manage to work together in groups to monopolize, hide, and share the remaining food supplies among themselves?

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We‘re not always selfish hypocrites. We also have the ability, under special circumstances, to shut down our petty selves and become like cells in a larger body, or like bees in a hive, working for the good of the group. These experiences are often among the most cherished of our lives, although our hivishness can blind us to other moral concerns. Our bee-like nature facilitates altruism, heroism, war, and genocide.

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when asked to write twenty statements beginning with the words “I am …,” Americans are likely to list their own internal psychological characteristics (happy, outgoing, interested in jazz), whereas East Asians are more likely to list their roles and relationships (a son, a husband, an employee of Fujitsu).

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You can‘t make a dog happy by forcibly wagging its tail. And you can‘t change people‘s minds by utterly refuting their arguments.

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Everyone cares about fairness, but there are two major kinds. On the left, fairness often implies equality, but on the right it means proportionality —people should be rewarded in proportion to what they contribute, even if that guarantees unequal outcomes.

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Liberals score higher on measures of neophilia (also known as "openness to experience"), not just for new foods but also for new people, music, and ideas. Conservatives are higher on neophobia; they prefer to stick with what's tried and true, and they care a lot more about guarding borders, boundaries, and traditions.

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People who devote their lives to studying something often come to believe that the object of their fascination is the key to understanding everything.

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In the West, we have been withdrawing from our tradition-, religion- and even nation-centred cultures, partly to decrease the danger of group conflict. But we are increasingly falling prey to the desperation of meaninglessness, and that is no improvement at all.

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When you have something to say, silence is a lie.

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You can only find out what you actually believe (rather than what you think you believe) by watching how you act. You simply don‘t know what you believe, before that. You are too complex to understand yourself.

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When the aristocracy catches a cold, as it is said, the working class dies of pneumonia.

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As an experimental psychologist, I have been trained not to believe anything unless it can be demonstrated in the laboratory on rats or sophomores.

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As the era of the sword was ending, that of firearms began, in time to allow no lapse in man‘s belligerent capacity.

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The emphasis on sorcery reflected accusations by the authorities more than it did actual practice. Being threatened, the Church responded by virulent persecution.

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Voluntary self-directed religion was more dangerous to the Church than any number of infidels.

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To admit error and cut losses is rare among individuals, unknown among states.

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Whatever solace the Christian faith could give was balanced by the anxiety it generated.

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Modern historians have suggested that in his last years he (Richard II) was overtaken by mental disease, but that is only a modern view of the malfunction common to 14th century rulers: inability to inhibit impulse.

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Hollywood | Charles Bukowski

Money is like sex. It seems much more important when you don't have any...

CarolynM I'm going to remember this one😂 4mo
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The witch doctor says he knows how to cure...If I'm in the tribe and I'm sick, I go to the witch doctor. He knows more about it than anyone else. But I keep trying to tell him he doesn't know what he's doing and that someday when people investigate the thing freely and get free of all his complicated ideas they'll learn much better ways of doing it. Who are the witch doctors? Psychoanalysts and psychiatrists, of course.

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I've always been rather very one-sided about science, and when I was younger, I concentrated almost all my effort on it. I didn't have time to learn, and I didn't have much patience for what's called the humanities; even though in the university there were humanities that you had to take, I tried my best to avoid somehow to learn anything and to work on it. It's only afterwards, when I've gotten older and more relaxed that I've spread out a bit

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[John] von Neumann gave me an interesting idea: that you don't have to be responsible for the world that you're in. So I have developed a very powerful sense of social irresponsibility as a result of von Neumann's advice. It's made me a very happy man ever since. But it was von Neumann who put the seed in that grew into my active irresponsibility!

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The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.

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What is government but an arrangement by which the many accept the authority of the few?

tpixie Eg. USA 🇺🇸 A Federal Republic- a representative democracy 4mo
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For belligerent purposes, the 14th century, like the 20th, commanded a technology more sophisticated than the mental and moral capacity that guided its use.

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For most people reform meant relief from ecclesiastical extortions.

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What counts is not so much the fact as what the public perceives to be the fact.

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In individuals as in nations, contentment is silent, which tends to unbalance the historical record.

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Survivors of the plague, finding themselves neither destroyed nor improved, could discover no Divine purpose in the pain they had suffered. God‘s purposes were usually mysterious, but this scourge had been too terrible to be accepted without questioning. If a disaster of such magnitude, the most lethal ever known, was a mere wanton act of God or perhaps not God‘s work at all, then the absolutes of a fixed order were loosed from their moorings.

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Raising money to pay the cost of war was to cause more damage to 14th century society than the physical destruction of war itself.

Leftcoastzen This is such a great book! 4mo
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A sound mind in a sound body, is a short but full description of a happy state in this world.

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The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings, capable of laws, where there is no law there is no freedom.

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There is reason to think, that, if men were better instructed themselves, they would be less imposing on others.

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A student of comparative religion and mysticism, Feilding has had a long-standing interest in altered states of consciousness and, specifically, the role of blood flow to the brain, which in Homo sapiens, she believes, has been compromised ever since our species began standing upright. LSD, Feilding believes, enhances cognitive function and facilitates higher states of consciousness by increasing cerebral circulation.

BarbaraBB Hi Jim, are you doing okay? Missing your quotes! 7mo
jdtchicago Hi Barbara, All is well. Just been on a reading hiatus for a while. I‘ll get back into it sooner or later. Thanks for checking in. @BarbaraBB (edited) 7mo
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Schwartz said that several of the early computer engineers relied on LSD in designing circuit chips, especially in the years before they could be designed on computers. “You had to be able to visualize a staggering complexity in three dimensions, hold it all in your head. They found that LSD could help.

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(Grof did extensive research trying to correlate his patients‘ recollections of their birth experience on LSD with contemporaneous reports from medical personnel and parents. He concluded that with the help of LSD many people can indeed recall the circumstances of their birth, especially when it was a difficult one.)

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Jesse‘s curiosity about psychedelics was first piqued during a drug education unit in his junior high school science class. This particular class of drugs was neither physically nor psychologically addictive, he was told (correctly);

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For me, “spiritual” is a good name for some of the powerful mental phenomena that arise when the voice of the ego is muted or silenced. If nothing else, these journeys have shown me how that psychic construct—at once so familiar and on reflection so strange—stands between us and some striking new dimensions of experience, whether of the world outside us or of the mind within.

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You‘re not seriously telling us that LSD is less harmful than alcohol, are you?‘ Of course I am!

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In recent years, “psychiatry has gone from being brainless to being mindless,” as one psychoanalyst has put it. If psychedelic therapy proves successful, it will be because it succeeds in rejoining the brain and the mind in the practice of psychotherapy. At least that‘s the promise.

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Yet the new research into psychedelics comes along at a time when mental health treatment in this country is so “broken”...that the field‘s willingness to entertain radical new approaches is perhaps greater than it has been in a generation. The pharmacological toolbox for treating depression—which afflicts nearly 1/10 of all Americans...has little in it today, with antidepressants losing their effectiveness...