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Saturday, July 10, 2004



132. It is well known that people generally work better and more persistently when striving for a reward than when attempting to avoid a punishment or negative outcome. Scientists and other technicians are motivated mainly by the rewards they get through their work. But those who oppose technilogiccal invasions of freedom are working to avoid a negative outcome, consequently there are a few who work persistently and well at this discouraging task. If reformers ever achieved a signal victory that seemed to set up a solid barrier against further erosion of freedom through technological progress, most would tend to relax and turn their attention to more agreeable pursuits. But the scientists would remain busy in their laboratories, and technology as it progresses would find ways, in spite of any barriers, to exert more and more control over individuals and make them always more dependent on the system.
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What I respect most about Ted is that he doesn't lie - he really says it as directly as he possibly can. It is very easy to spot when people lie in their thinking or not - a lie always tries to accomodate contradictions or hide effective ignorance; a truth knows no such dubious doubts (which frequently masquerade as "objectivity").

There is no "objective" measure of truth - only an inner one. And it shows. (cf. Wittgenstein's "On Certainty").





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