“It is my nature to be what I am.”
No, she didn’t say that, Emma Goldman did, but she could have said the same.
— NO, THAT AIN’T VOLTAIRE.
… she could decide what ideas were good, and bad, from each of those individuals who she read from, for herself. Yes, for …
Only the Self-Educated are Free…
“We live a society that sometimes pays lip service to thinking for yourself but doesn’t particularly encourage it. Instead we live in a culture in which irrational, uncritical conformity of thought is far too common.” — Sharon Presley
“I will never listen to the experts again.”
— Richard Feynman
Dr. Sharon Presley, a Mastermind Rational, has a Ph.D. in social psychology from the City University of New York Graduate Center where her mentor was Dr. Stanley Milgram, author of the classic study, Obedience to Authority. Her Ph.D. dissertation was a study of political resisters to authority. She recently retired from teaching psychology and critical thinking courses at California State University, East Bay in Hayward. Dr. Presley is the co-editor of Exquisite Rebel: The Essays of Voltairine de Cleyre published in 2005 by SUNY Press. This book won an American Library Association Choice award for Outstanding Academic Title 2005. She is currently working on an anthology of American women resisters to authority in the 19th century.
“…ordinary people, simply doing their jobs, and without any particular hostility on their part, can become agents in a terrible destructive process…relatively few people have the resources to resist authority.” –Stanley Milgram
(comments on her book “Standing Up to Experts and Authorities”)
“Sharon Presley is a consistent voice of insight and calm reasoning in a world of turmoil and frequent spin. She asks of us what we should ask of ourselves — critical thinking and respect for our own rights and the rights of others as human beings… Presley helps readers to make sense in the midst of the nonsensical and to engage in a process of searching for truth.” — Norman Solomon, anti-war activist.
“I love this book! I wish I would have written this book! This is skepticism for the real world, an introduction on how to think, a manual for the survival of the human race. Sharon Presley is the Ralph Nader of bad ideas, the consumer advocate of bogus claims and phony experts.” Michael Shermer, Skeptic Society.
From Sharon Presley’s “Standing Up To Experts”:
“If you don’t want to be a victim, you must stop acting like a victim. Recognize your rights. Every human being should be treated with dignity and respect. But … the world isn’t a just place, and there will be many times when you will not be treated well or fairly. You can continue to let it happen or you can stand up and say ‘no.’ The choice is yours.”
Her research specialties are obedience and resistance to authority, women resisters to authority, and gender issues.
Sharon Presley (born 1943) is an American libertarian and individualist anarchist feminist, writer, activist, and retired professor of psychology. She was also co-founder and former co-proprietor of Laissez Faire Books, which was once regarded as the largest libertarian bookstore. [Wikipedia]
She stands to reason.
Masterminds tend to be much more definite and self-confident than other Rationals, having usually developed a very strong will. Decisions come easily to them; in fact, they can hardly rest until they have things settled and decided. But before they decide anything, they must do the research. Masterminds are highly theoretical, but they insist on looking at all available data before they embrace an idea, and they are suspicious of any statement that is based on shoddy research, or that is not checked against reality. [Please Understand Me II]
It stands to reason, to be yourself.
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