Theodicy: God and the Problem of Evil

By Sam Vaknin
Author of “Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited

‘’There is nothing that an omnipotent God could not do.’ ‘No.’ ‘Then, can God do evil?’ ‘No.’ ‘So that evil is nothing, since that is what He cannot do who can do anything.’

Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius (480? — 524?), Roman philosopher and statesman, The Consolation of Philosophy

“An implication of intelligent design may be that the designer is benevolent and, as such, the constants and structures of the universe are ‘life-friendly’. However such intelligent designer may conceivably be malevolent … (I)t is reasonable…


On Dis-ease

By Sam Vaknin
Author of “Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited

We are all terminally ill. It is a matter of time before we all die. Aging and death remain almost as mysterious as ever. We feel awed and uncomfortable when we contemplate these twin afflictions. Indeed, the very word denoting illness contains its own best definition: dis-ease. A mental component of lack of well being must exist SUBJECTIVELY. The person must FEEL bad, must experience discomfiture for his condition to qualify as a disease. To this extent, we are justified in classifying all diseases as “spiritual” or “mental”.

The…


Cyber (Internet) Narcissists and Psychopaths

By Sam Vaknin
Author of “Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited

To the narcissist, the Internet is an alluring and irresistible combination of playground and hunting grounds, the gathering place of numerous potential Sources of Narcissistic Supply, a world where false identities are the norm and mind games the bon ton. And it is beyond the reach of the law, the pale of social norms, the strictures of civilized conduct.

Indeed, many of the innovators who gave us the Internet and social networks can easily be described as narcissistic. Technology did not invent or even foster narcissism…


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What did Life teach me? I am 57 years old and have led the combined lives of 10 people. At least.

I have learned that Life doesn’t always accommodate our plans and wishes — but it always turns out to be far better than our fears.

If you just let life happen, it takes care of you. We have only limited information — life has a lot more. Events that look like disasters are usually agents of positive change.

Trust life, do not fight it. Plan flexibly, execute wisely, retreat smartly, advance promptly, and…


By Sam Vaknin
Author of “Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited

In the Italian film, “The Place” (2017), a man sits at the back of a cheap resto-bar and receives a seemingly endless stream of visitors. His interlocutors come to ask him to grant them their wishes and they are willing to do anything to realize their hiddenmost fantasies: rape a young woman, assassinate a toddler, or place a bomb in a busy disco. For these are the horrible tasks assigned to them by the mysterious figure in return for the guaranteed fulfillment of their wishes. Many of them, including a nun…


By Sam Vaknin
Author of “Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited

Virgil Oldman is an auctioneer: he helps to determine the price of art in public, rule-based jousts. He is rich, middle-aged, well-respected, if somewhat eccentric and misanthropic. He is an avowed bachelor, the kind of man who has transformed his firewalled reclusiveness into a prideful ideology. He adores women — but only of the two-dimensional kind, in captive portraits which he suspends in a vault in the recesses of his gloomy mansion. He is also a con-artist: he knows the correct prices of all items, but profitably misleads others in cahoots…


By Sam Vaknin
Author of “Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited

The narcissist cursed — or blessed — with mental X-ray vision. He sees through people’s emotional shields, their petty lies, their pitiable defences, their grandiose fantasies. He knows when they deviate from the truth and by how much. He intuitively grasps their self-interested goals and accurately predicts the strategy and tactics they will adopt in order to achieve them.

The narcissist cannot stand self-important, self-inflated, pompous, bigoted, self-righteous, and hypocritical people. He rages at the inefficient, the lazy, the hapless and the weak.

Perhaps this is because the narcissist recognize himself…


Cryptoassets (such as cryptocurrencies): Pyramid Schemes or Public Goods?

By Sam Vaknin
Author of “Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited

Cryptocurrencies represent a major revolution whose full implications are yet to be grasped. They challenge the paradigms underlying both the central banks’ money monopoly and public digital goods.

Cryptoassets are digital goods, but they are scarce: they require “mining” and the total number of units in limited. Consequently, cryptoassets such as cryptocurrencies are rivlarous (there is a marginal cost associated with producing additional units) and excludable (access to and ownership of the cryptoasset is restricted).

Blockchain technologies — distributed, redundant, and autonomous…


2017 Encyclopedia Britannica Ultimate Knowledge Pack

By Sam Vaknin
Author of “Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited

Overview

The Encyclopedia Britannica has long been much more than a venerable print reference work. Almost two decades ago, it pioneered a freemium website (some content free, other content behind a pay wall). This has now flourished into a comprehensive walled garden of knowledge. Additionally, the Britannica publishes books and DVDs about specific topics and issues (the venerable flagship print encyclopedia had been discontinued in 2012.) These are the best primers and introductions available to a host of fields and areas, from history to science…


By Sam Vaknin
Author of “Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited

Abortion and the Social Contract

See the Appendix — Arguments from the Right to Life

The issue of abortion is emotionally loaded and this often makes for poor, not thoroughly thought out arguments. The questions: “Is abortion immoral” and “Is abortion a murder” are often confused. The pregnancy (and the resulting fetus) are discussed in terms normally reserved to natural catastrophes (force majeure). At times, the embryo is compared to cancer, a thief, or an invader: after all, they are both growths, clusters of cells. …

Sam Vaknin

Sam Vaknin ( http://samvak.tripod.com ) is the author of Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited and After the Rain — How the West Lost the East.

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