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The Parasitic Mind

  by Gad Saad

(about 247 pages)
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We’ve analyzed hundreds of millions of words, from thousands of different authors, training our linguistic models to recognize the most vivid words in the English language… the words that create the most intense sensory experiences: colors, textures, sounds, flavors, and aromas.

Based on our analysis, we’ve scanned through the pages of this book to find the two pages at the extremes, both the most-passive and the most-vivid pages, so that you can compare them side-by-side and see the difference:

permissive society, and tolerant. Recall the colloquialisms that speak to this aversion to judge: Who am I to judge? I am not one to judge; No judgment. Where does this reticence stem from? The West is founded on a bedrock of Judeo-Christian traditions and many assume, as per Christian theology, that judging others can be a sin. Several gospels contain edicts against judging others. In the Pericope Adulterae (John 7:53–8:11) Jesus says, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” in reference to the imminent stoning of a woman who has committed adultery), and in Matthew 7:1–2 one finds, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” In Luke 6:37 we have, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Finally, James 4:12 posits, “There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?” Many people interpret these teachings as implying that the act of judging is divinely forbidden, a cosmic command to live and let live. But this is incorrect; these edicts are referring to moral hypocrisy. People who spew falsehoods should be judged. I do her alma mater Oberlin College served sushi in the cafeteria, a clear case of cultural appropriation. A self-described queer woman of color, chef Mithalee Rawat was aghast that white people had violated her Indian heritage by using bone broth, which she deemed colonialist theft. In the immortal words of the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld, “No soup for you!” Gastronomic appropriation is hardly the only road to bigotry. Sartorial bigotry can rear its ugly head at any moment, as evidenced by the singer Katy Perry, who had to apologize for having dressed as a geisha in her performance at the 2013 American Music Awards. Keziah Daum, a white high school student, wore a Chinese dress known as a qipao to her prom, and this triggered the faux-outrage brigade. Beware of how you wear your hair, especially if you are white, for this too could be a signal that you are a bigoted Nazi. Katy Perry made that mistake by wearing cornrows and later apologized for it. Kendall Jenner stirred controversy by sporting an Afro during a Vogue shoot. And a white male student at San Francisco State University was angrily accosted by a black woman who was outraged that he had dreadlocks. Other examples of faux-outrage over cultural appropriation stemming from the land of the insane (university campuses) include the University of Ottawa cancelling a yoga class, a resident assistant at Pitzer College angered by white people wearing hoop earrings, and Lynne Bunch, a student at Louisiana State University who wrote

emotional story arc

Click anywhere on the chart to see the most significant emotional words — both positive & negative — from the corresponding section of the text…
This chart visualizes the the shifting emotional balance for the arc of this story, based on the emotional strength of the words in the prose, using techniques pioneered by the UVM Computational Story Lab. To create this story arc, we divided the complete manuscript text into 50 equal-sized chunks, each with 1236.66 words, and then we scored each section by counting the number of strongly-emotional words, both positive and negative. The bars in the chart move downward whenever there’s conflict and sadness, and they move upward when conflicts are resolved, or when the characters are happy and content. The size of each bar represents the positive or negative word-count of that section.

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