Category Archives: Moral Science

“The callousness of the Chinese is bound to strike every Anglo-Saxon.”

They have none of that humanitarian impulse which leads us to devote one per cent of our energy to mitigating the evils wrought by the other ninety-nine per cent. For instance, we have been forbidding the Austrians to join with … Continue reading

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Heart of Darkness

In the ordinary man and woman there is a certain amount of active malevolence, both special ill will directed to particular enemies and general impersonal pleasure in the misfortunes of others. It is customary to cover this over with fine … Continue reading

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Our Ancient and Powerful Instincts: No Need to Regret Them

The instincts that long ago prompted fighting and hunting activities of our savage ancestors demand an outlet; if they can find no other, they will turn to hatred and thwarted malice. But there are outlets for these very instincts that … Continue reading

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How to Spot a Psychopath

Take a morning pee, then look into the toilet bowl. This method only works for moral authorities and professional psychopath spotters.

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On Shrewdness

Shrewdness, when it is genuine, belongs, more to the unconscious than to the conscious part of our nature. It is, I suppose, the main quality required for success in business. From a moral point of view, it is a humble … Continue reading

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Bertrand Russell is Mentioning It

There are certain things that our age needs, and certain things that it should avoid. It needs compassion and a wish that mankind should be happy; it needs the desire for knowledge and the determination to eschew pleasant myths; it … Continue reading

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On the Main Cause of a Long Train of Evils

The gain to the human race to be expected from a rational psychology in the handling of children is almost unlimited. The most important sphere is of course that of sex. Children are taught a superstitious attitude about certain parts … Continue reading

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