The Myth Of Mental Illness: The Case Of Asperger’s Syndrome


Psychology

“The most popular theory of autism is that of Simon Baron-Cohen, who thinks autistics have an extreme male brain. Men are better at understanding systems (systemizing) and women are better at understanding other people’s mind (empathizing). Autistics are better at systematizing, and bad at empathizing, and this has led to the extreme male brain theory. But […]

April 16, 2018

Robin Hanson And Kevin Simler’s The Elephant In The Brain


Psychology

Read my essay on Robin Hanson And Kevin Simler’s The Elephant In The Brain: “Our ancestors weren’t nice people. They kept slaves, looked forward to wars and sent people to concentration camps. It is easy to dismiss them as moral retards, but that would be setting the bar way too low. Slavery is bad, war is violence, and sending […]

March 31, 2018

The Pragmatic Case for Understanding Neurodiversity


Psychology

Read my article The Pragmatic Case for Understanding Neurodiversity in Quillette. I am convinced understanding neurodiversity is very important for moral behavior. I’m glad that economist Tyler Cowen blogged about this essay on Marginal Revolution. Edward Nevraumont,  Gordon White, psychologist Geoffrey Miller,  economist Alex Tabarrok, Christina Hoff Sommers, the fired Google engineer James Damore  and actor Travis Wester tweeted it.

March 31, 2018

An Anatomy Of Greatness


Psychology

Robert Greene thinks intelligence is the most sensitive trigger point for envy. A sensible man would regard this “insight” somewhat suspiciously, because intelligence is also his greatest strength. But Mr Greene can say in his defence that he understands people really well. When he writes about the faults and foibles of little people, he does it […]

March 31, 2018

Man Smart? Woman Smarter!


Psychology

H L Mencken, who died on January 29, 1956, was the first celebrity intellectual and one of the greatest journalists of all time. He was a witty polymath, and knew more about the American language than almost anyone. Today, the “misogyny epidemic” is much debated in the Indian media and social networking websites, but very […]

March 31, 2018