Discussion Sign in to Comment Michael Kilman · Author · added 3 months ago Hahaha okay fair enough. I was wondering if you were going to employ an actual theoretical apparatus and take a comedic approach to looking at the power dynamics created by human action, or lack thereof. For example, in the stupid asshole, you could look at the research behind cognitive dissonance and see how people can simultaneously hold contradicting beliefs. You could talk about why some people are not only ignorant but willfully ignorant and what kind of society based motivations would encourage said behavior. It would probably require a ton of research of course and a working knowledge of either anthropology or sociology (anthropology if you were taking a cross-cultural approach). but when I read your description I was under the impression that this is what you were doing, hence the clarifying question. Good luck on your project in either case. Sounds like you are having a lot of fun. Chris Butera · Author · added 3 months ago Hi Michael. Thanks for reaching out! This book is solely satirical, but now I’m curious as to how the data/case studies would work. My theory is simply that certain people have similar tendencies in terms of doing awful things to each other, so I categorize them accordingly. Michael Kilman · Author · added 4 months ago So, I am an anthropologist, I am curious. Is this book more satirical or will you actually use case studies and data to make your points? If so, can I ask if you are looking at cross-cultural models or are you approaching this from a more sociological perspective? And are there particular theories/theorists your employing? I am actually really asking, not just being an asshole. ;) because I think this could be an interesting book on power dynamics and social control and I am curious if that is the direction you are heading.