Monthly Archives: August 2015

Fantasies of knowledge.

Resentment towards smart people derives from the fantasy that they actually know something.

Accidental, Asian.

I wonder how much of my disdain for parvenu climbing that plays upon the vagaries of “Asian heritage” stems from my jealously that others can pull it off much better than me.

Category as cause.

The experimenters claim that Wine A is cheap and Wine B is dear (outside of the experiment, both wines cost the same). The subjects don’t just think the “expensive” wine tastes better; they immediately experience its taste as better.