I’ve been skimming over the Columbia Accident Investigation Board’s report for school and what struck me is that in every report of this sort, the quality of people is always considered 100% a constant, unchanging property of the universe. In contrast, systems and processes are Platonic forms from the ether that exert force on human nature while (due to their infinite supernatural mass) experiencing no movement from the equal and opposite resistance force. The idea is that if you have the right system of checks and balances, you could fill an organization with bad people and the good system would straighten them out like dental braces.
Never mind that this has never been done. The idea that human quality is itself a type of pressure would never make it into the authors’ minds, much less their reports. (This is where the eugenicists jump to agree with me without realizing I’m talking about their own plans to design systemic pressures that turn relatively low-quality people into relatively high-quality people.)
I get where this comes from. It’s an overreaction to primitive troubleshooting that starts and stops at the proximal cause: if a truck driver falls asleep at the wheel and creams a family of four, society’s instinct is to shoot him, desecrate his corpse, and carry on with business as before. Primitive people can’t be taught about systemic pressures except by framing them as gods, ghosts, and spirits, but you can’t exactly interdict a hypersonic Chinese nuke with a crew of engineers who think electricity is made of demons. At that point you’re stuck hoping they don’t want your stuff, and my observation of human nature suggests they probably do. So there’s a point in favor of depersonalization: people are really stupid, lazy, and immoral. And repeatable processes fix a surprising number of the problems that come from human nature. It’s why rituals and liturgy exist, so I’d warn the primitivists that if you insist on deconstructing science the next generation will deconstruct communion no matter how emotionally attached to it you are.
Returning to the point, the primary observation is not of the Cartesian dualism itself but rather its extremism in the institutions. There may be individuals who would discuss in hushed tones how selection and training interact, but in public one must be an extremist. Me, I’m a fringe nutcase who blames all this on the schizophrenic cro magnon breeding strategy of intentionally conflating dark triad traits with group selection. You know what would make our group stronger? More psychopaths! Isn’t it funny how this is the one thing that both the left and the right agree on? We need to import black psychopaths to make the group stronger! No, we need to breed more white psychopaths to make the group stronger!
You’re all a bunch of women. I could fuck anyone in the West and not be gay.