Re: Randian paradigm challenged

From: Ian Goddard (
Date: Tue Aug 01 2000 - 22:17:30 MDT

At 11:01 PM 08/01/2000 -0500, altamira wrote:

> > -----Original Message-----
> > From:
> > IAN: But we can predict human action
> > based on the self-interest principle,
> > just as we can predict water action
> > based on the "flows down" principle.
> >
>Actually, predicting human action based on the self-interest principle isn't
>always easy. At the individual level, there are psychological quirks which
>cause people to act in ways that are detrimental to their well-being by any
>reasonable standard, eg. people who spend their spare time cutting their
>noses with pieces of broken glass, or people who don't change their
>lifestyles and eating habits even as their weight passes the 300 pound mark.
>At the macro level, you have various mass hysterias such as Holland's 17th
>century tulip mania, or the more recent rise and fall of the emu
>market(that's emu as in the bird, not the money) in the US, or nation-state

  IAN: The difficulty is related to determining
  how all people will define their self-interest,
  which by the nature of self-interest is individual.
  But that they will act in a way they believe is
  in their self-interest is, I believe, a given.

Asking the "wrong questions," challenging the Official Story


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