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Sociopathy and myopia

Aidan Ward

Aidan Ward
Oct 21, 2019 · 9 min read

Quixotic ventures

Objectivity is a subject’s delusion that observing can be done without him (sic). Invoking objectivity is abrogating responsibility — hence its popularity. Heinz von Foerster

I have been taxed recently by the sheer weight and volume of simple, linear explanations that are no such thing ­– not explanations at all — and I have been vexed by the popularity of the nonsense. The popularity distorts the democratic process — if enough people believe passionately in something that cannot possibly be true, it enters some twilight zone where it has to be dealt with. For instance, if enough people think the death penalty will reduce crime, it becomes a political factor that will tempt politicians to pander to it.

None of this is say that I know better. I am with von Foerster here: I am paying attention to the connection between the style of the claims made and the lack of responsibility taken for the outcomes.

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