Here is an excerpt: I wonder which is stronger: the desire for erotic pleasure or the desire to avoid ridicule? Which is stronger: the craving of the body for sexual pleasure, or the craving of the ego for notable praise? It’s hard to measure, because erotic power is mainly in the body, while fear of ridicule and love for praise are mainly in the soul. Both are massive compared to the human resources to control them.
I was chastened recently by the news that 120 published academic papers have been withdrawn because they were mere gibberish. I’ll explain why this was chastening in a minute. But first be astonished by this news.