But now, neuroscientists are directly measuring the neurons whose firing rates encode value and produce our choices. We know a lot more about the neuroscience of human motivation than you might think. Now we can peer directly into the black box of human motivation, and begin (dimly) to read our own source code
The result is a novel that is much more fun to talk about after you’ve finished reading it than it is to read.
A major secret that "Bob" learned from the Conspiracy is that deep down inside, everyone, even the SubGenius, craves authority. It's from having Parents. But a SubGenius shortcircuits this urge. He appoints himself Pope or Raja or something, and he believes it. But it's easy to fake that belief, even to yourself.
Now let us come back to the gender question. If we ask whether the Aristotelian virtue of courage belongs more to men than to women, we will need to ask, first, what it is that makes people willing to take enormous risks for the sake of others. It is difficult to study that topic, but a beginning was made by Samuel P. Oliner and Pearl M. Oliner in their book The Altruistic Personality, a famous study of rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust. With careful social science techniques, they identified a number of variables that might be highly correlated with those courageous acts, and then they questioned rescuers to discover what traits they had. The two traits that they found most highly correlated with this sort of courage were what they call a “caring attitude” and a sense of “responsibility.” The rescuers had all been brought up to think that people ought to care for one another, and that it was unacceptable to shirk responsibility for someone else’s suffering if one could do something about it. That was why (the Oliners conclude) they stood up for strangers as they did, risking their lives in the process. Rescuers were, of course, both male and female. Their common bond was, however, a set of traits that, at least in terms of common gender stereotypes, are more “feminine” than “masculine.” Kristin Monroe, working with the list of “righteous gentiles” from Yad Vashem, came to a similar conclusion in The Heart of Altruism.
The project was a complete farce. As the filmmaker notes the “control room” from which policymakers were supposed to ensure that the economy was functioning had no ability to give outputs — it was just a place to sit and watch. The Cybersyn program really had very little control ability at all, rather it gave policymakers the illusion of omniscience. And why did they need such an illusion? Simple. Because the maniacal economic policies enacted by the Allende government were tearing the country apart.
Heard about project Cybersyn?— 🇨🇴Ọláṣùpọ̀ Ajia🇨🇴 (@idrismonsur) August 5, 2021
No, this isn't from the set of a Star Trek film shoot. This is a picture of the 'opsroom' of project Cybersyn, conceived of by the Salvador Allende govt in Chile, to assist with the planning of what you could call an anarchic economic system. pic.twitter.com/PCBQbbOWC2