The experiments of the social sciences repeatedly demonstrate that most primates, humans included,…
… are easily distracted by events outside themselves.
… are easily hypnotized by the superficial and conspicuous.
… over-value immediate pleasures and disregard future consequences.
… respond quite predictably to all manner of rewards and punishments.
… are quick to overgeneralize and jump to self-serving conclusions.
… greatly underestimate the ways and degrees to which the presence of others affects their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
… readily mimic the behaviors of the flock, school, or herd that engulfs them.
… look first to others, not to themselves, for cues about right and wrong.
… easily relinquish responsibility to act when others are present,
… behave themselves only when they think they are being watched.
… are more apt to base their self-worth on what others think, not what they think.
… judge themselves by their best intentions while judging others by the worst they have done.
… over-estimate their own competence and under-estimate the competence of others.
… ascribe the success of others to good fortune and their own failures to injustice.
… are swift to accept the data that validate their preconceptions and swift to ignore, reject, or deny the data that don’t.
… are eager to stigmatize and scapegoat the defenseless to justify their own shortcomings and failures.
… are more inclined to do something wrong or stupid than disobey “authority”.
… are more inclined to do something wrong or stupid than risk being unpopular.
Thus, the most dishonest among us are the most ignorant… and the most ignorant among us are the most conceited… and the most conceited among us are the most incompetent… and the most incompetent among us are the most cowardly… and the most cowardly among us are the most dishonest… and the most dishonest among us are the most ignorant… and the most ignorant among us are the most conceited… and the most conceited among us are the most incompetent… and the most incompetent among us are the most cowardly… and the most cowardly among us are the most dishonest… and…
Learn more… Coming Out: Fear of Authority
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