The Fear of God: American Psycho

7 Aug

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss Mary Harron’s American Psycho.

One Response to “The Fear of God: American Psycho”

  1. FictionIsntReal August 8, 2018 at 10:42 pm #

    I don’t know the context in which you guys encountered the phrase “virtue signaling”, but I hope your defense of the idea of virtue doesn’t distract you from the insights of the “signaling” model, which is frequently used in evolutionary biology & economics (both of which make use of game theory). The economist Robin Hanson has written profusely about the ubiquity of signaling, and has a recent book “The Elephant in the Brain” about the topic. He is actually less upset about “virtue signalling” than Jesus seemed to be in the Gospels. Jesus railed against those who made much public show of their piety but who were privately hypocrites (and emphasized that lust & enmity were mortal sins on par with the public acts of adultery & murder policed by a more orthopraxic religious/ethical order). Hanson on the other hand may say that we fall short of many ideals by virtue of being hypocrites who don’t care quite so much as we claim about what we claim, but also views that as a fundamental part of the human condition and is thankful that “homo hypocritus” has been able to accomplish so many great things.

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