Date: 2017-09-17 01:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jack
Someone made the point to me that Atlas Shrugged might be worthwhile reading for people who *should* be more selfish. Women in marriages whose husbands expect partnership to mean that they do one thing and their partner does everything else and anticipates all of their needs. People with abusive parents who were raised to never try to excel. But unsurprisingly, it became popular instead with people who were already quite self-entitled, like rich people who run major countries :(

Date: 2017-09-17 10:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dewline
Seconded. Such people need something other than that book, or any other by that author.

Date: 2017-09-17 10:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] amaebi
Now I want to consider an close-alternative universe in which John Galt was Ntozake Mbele, a disabled Black Woman-- and how the work was received there.
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From: [personal profile] jack
I used to say, it was possible Freud popularised the *idea* of understanding the brain, of forming hypotheses and confirming them with evidence, even though almost all of his specific ideas were wrong.

But then someone on tumblr had an impassioned rant about how many of Freud's specifics were inevitably diagnosing comparatively vulnerable people (ie. people who needed psychiatric help, but often imposed on them) with basically "it's all your fault" which was helpful to their more powerful relatives who were often paying for it. And he was an outsider so he may not have had much choice if he was to practice at all, but that was not good. I can't vouch for the details but they sounded to mostly know what they were talking about.
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From: [personal profile] jack
That is an amazing story. Although I recently learned that Joe DiMaggio used to beat up Marilyn Monroe, which made me less confident of "who wouldn't trust..." :( Previously the only thing I knew about him was that if you were a dog and someone asked you who was the greatest baseball player of all time, you should say DiMaggio, not Ruth.
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From: [personal profile] mair_in_grenderich
I (can't log in with OpenID any more and) wondered why the dog was called Aussie when she dropped the kid off at school, and Ernie when she picked her up again.

Date: 2017-09-17 03:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] calimac
A list of the most rewatched episodes of Star Trek (or, as I gather this is, the most rewatched episodes by those who had already watched all the other episodes of every series) is a very interesting thing, and I'm glad to see it, but it's not quite the same thing as a list of the most popular episodes.

Date: 2017-09-17 10:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] amaebi
That story about the cascade of mostly-wretched happenstances leading to the funding of the breast cancer research is amazing.

Also, paradigmatic of the burdens women academics bear-- though she was happily fortunate in some male colleagues.

Date: 2017-09-18 06:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] agoodwinsmith
Right round baby right round - that was brilliant. :)

Date: 2017-09-18 10:03 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] momentsmusicaux
> I still haven't read Atlas Shrugged. I'm still not going to

The sequel is really good though! You should read that.

Date: 2017-09-18 03:55 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] theandrewhickey
Is that a reference to ?
If so, I totally agree.

Date: 2017-09-18 07:45 pm (UTC)
momentsmusicaux: (Default)
From: [personal profile] momentsmusicaux
Actually, no, it was this I was referring to:

Date: 2017-09-18 07:58 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] theandrewhickey
That works too :)

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