MDM: Like, to me, good science always goes, “but you know, I could be wrong.”
JMR: Yeah, see, I’m guilty of that; I’m guilty of using psychology to explain myself and other people with a fair degree of certainty, and I think I keep in the back of my mind the constant idea that I’m just guessing, but I don’t always let the other person know—
MDM: oh, sure
JMR: —that I think that what I’m saying is just a theory, I say it as though I really believe that it’s true—
MDM: Well, that’s the point: that’s good writing. Good writing—
MDM: Good writing is, uh, you know,
JMR: …I inhabit the view point.
MDM: That’s correct.
JMR: But, when I’m sitting across from somebody and saying ‘you know what your fucking problem is?”, it’s a little bit harder for them to see that I’m just playing a character. And in this case it is the character of ‘somebody who knows what their fucking problem is’.
MDM: That’s a good point. It’s def…it’s a good point in the sense of that is a really big problem with you.
JMR: But I think it’s a problem with the world. I mean, like I say, I’m so irritated—
MDM: That’s the second one, just if you’re curious. That’s the other problem with you.
MDM: Now when I say problem, I really mean “opportunity-stake”
JMR: Yeah, “opportunity-stake”. No, I…
MDM: I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to interrupt you, John, how is that a problem with the rest of the world?
JMR: The problem with the rest of the world is that the rest of the world is not listening carefully to *me*. No, the problem is…
(Like Organic Chemistry, the premise has been there at least since Episode 01.)
So, think for yourself.