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March 15, 2011


what did he say about "how to deal with them"?

I am sure there must have been a lot of wisecracks with a subject like that :-)

Yes, there were lots of titters during the lecture. :) On how to deal with assholes, he didn't say very much. I think he made the point that since assholes tend to be impervious to criticism (due to their sense of entrenched entitlement), it is futile to try and reform them. Better to not react too strongly, understand that we may be dealing with a serious personality disorder, and avoid them as much as possible. :)

In the same vein, a book I enjoyed was "On Bullshit" by the philosopher Harry Frankfurt. The author distinguishes between lies and bullshit and shows why bullshit is more harmful. I have forgotten the details but I think he also discussed what type of people become bullshitters and why. Primarily it is people who feel an excessive need to impress others. The book is worth a read.

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Books by Namit Arora

  • “Namit Arora does for Silicon Valley what Tom Wolfe did for Wall Street in The Bonfire of the Vanities: with keen eye and sharp wit, he captures the culture and mores of the place. But Arora is funnier. And sweeter.” —S. Abbas Raza, Editor, 3QD.

  • The Lottery of Birth reveals Namit Arora to be one of our finest critics. In a raucous public sphere marked by blame and recrimination, these essays announce a bracing sensibility, as compassionate as it is curious, intelligent and nuanced.” —Pankaj Mishra

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