Not "cogito ergo sum," but "I think; therefor it is so."
Let's see now. What was that guy's name, the psychologist whose area of expertise was the criminal personality? I attended his lecture a couple of decades ago when I was working on my master's. He presented a fascinating study of convicts and the way their minds operate. Stanton. Yes, Stanton, but Stanton what? I had not thought of him in years, yet when George Bush was delivering his State of the Union speech, the quote, "I think; therefore it is so," appeared in my head, especially, when the president said, "On this day, at this hour, it is still within our power to shape the outcome of this battle. Let us find our resolve and turn events toward victory." Especially when George talked about Iraq, terrorism, and the enemy.
So, I did what any inquisitive person would do-I used "The Google." I typed Stanton+criminal+mind and clicked "search."
This yielded Samenow-Stanton Samenow, Ph.D and plenty of sites.
"I think; therefore it is so." This, according to Samenow, characterizes the mind of a criminal. "I think; therefore it is so" characterizes the mind of George W. Bush.
It is a cognitive error that compels the president to inflict his will even after the electorate has spoken in loud repudiation. He is resolute, a quality we could admire if his actions produced great gains for humanity. But they don't. Instead, Bush has unleashed chaos across this country and in the Middle East.
Samenow says: 'Criminals often function on the basis of assumptions. They see themselves as the hub of the wheel around which all else revolves. There is no need to seek facts or weigh alternatives if a person believes he or she already knows it all.'
That's an accurate assessment of George Bush. And so is this:
Missy Beattie lives in New York City. She's written for National Public Radio and Nashville Life Magazine
. An outspoken critic of the Bush Administration and the war in Iraq, she's a member of Gold Star Families for Peace. She completed a (more...
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