Clint O'Dell wrote:
> I make my decisions on a completely selfish bases but that does not mean
> that I'm going to take the cocunut and throw the other guy over board. If
> there is a chance the other guy will help in my survival then I will share
> so that he will be alive to help me. Also since I understand the law of
> retaliation (I mentioned earlier) I know that I could be or have been that
> other guy and wouldn't want to face a life or death battle myself. Both
> senarios are extremely selfish. And to be selfish doesn't classify a person
> as a sociopath.
At work, Monday, meetings....but I want to make a pre-reply to tell you that your remarks here have evoked, to my delight, an hypothesis that is based on an old idea but might have a new application. I'm calling it the "If You Take Time to Think Theory" or "The Hypertrophied Reason Hypothesis" to account for the type of ENLIGHTENED SELF-INTEREST axiom in the "Free Enterprise" Doctrine of laissez faire Capitalism that you suggest. The kind of thing discussed by Adam Smith. More later.