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But now we come to that most interesting of times in Ira's life when new players enter the stage. And one of these was Morse Peckham, "the prize and pariah of Penn's English department." Morse Peckham was a "Renaissance man." He was a polymath whose depth of knowledge was matched by its breadth.
What were Peckham's Ideas? Some of his early work includes a study of various editions of Charles Darwin's "Origin of the Species." As already noted, he was interested in romanticism. In 1951 he published Towards a Theory of Romanticism in which he wrote:
He also wrote Explanation and Power: The Control of Human Behaviour in 1986 wherein his Darwinistic approach to cultural development is made clear:
Morse Peckham theorized that it was only through "cultural vandalism" - the aggressive undermining of established values through random, mindless acts of destruction - that social innovation was stimulated. He theorized that humans needed to push themselves to such disruptive extremes; otherwise there was no hope of matching the insects' astonishing ability to adaptively alter their physiology and behavior in a relatively brief time. Peckham theorized that our mammalian talents for memory and self-reflection serve largely to oppress us with the dead weight of the past. Unburdened by mammalian scruples, insects effortlessly practice the Nietzschean virtue of active forgetting: the adult fly doesn't remember anything the maggot once knew.
In short, Peckham was glorifying psychopathy, and in Ira Einhorn we see Peckham's glorified psychopath in action. About Ira Einhorn, Morse Peckham said:
However, after spending some time OUT of Ira's direct presence, Peckham began realize that something was wrong in the interaction. He had the odd feeling that Ira was parroting his own words back at him.
Just like Ross Baker, Morse Peckham had fallen under the sway of the psychopath. But, he had also analyzed the problem, and in his analysis, he put his finger on one of the clues to identifying the psychopath. They are parrots, apes, echo chambers.But, as Baker pointed out, it was humbling to realize that, after a period in Einhorn's presence, he was having difficulty with his mental clarity. Morse Peckham, as brilliant as he was, took some time to come to this realization because he was, indeed, dealing with a brilliant psychopath.
As sympathetic as we may be for Morse Peckham and the fact that Einhorn duped him, there is something else crucially interesting about Morse. Let's go back to that most interesting remark about Morse Peckham: he did his Ph.D. where? At Princeton. When? Oh, in the same general time period as when Nash was there. And Peckham was, as some have described him, an "intellectual raider." He advocated that in order to be a "cultural historian," one had to "know everything." He would read so extensively in a field that he soon could think in the way the professionals in that discipline thought. And from looking at his work, we suspect that Morse Peckham was powerfully influenced by Game Theory.
What do we conclude? That Morse was part of a conspiracy? That he consciously was interacting with Ira, preparing him for his future role? Or, do we think that Morse was just simply who he was, and Ira was who he was, and maybe there was some "tinkering" with the Matrix to ensure that the two of them would come together so as to pump all those theoretical ideas into Einhorn's head, with the surety that he would put his own spin on them?
There is nothing simple about any of this. When you start pulling on these threads, you just never know what is going to spring out of the closet. What we discovered is a connection linking Peckham to the Telephone Company which later "utilized" Ira Einhorn as described by the Bell executive at Einhorn's bail hearing. AT&T's Experiment In Humanistic Education, 1953-1960. by Mark D. Bowles, suggests that Ira's "network," was designed to counteract a previous experiment in social engineering that hadn't turned out quite the way the experimenters wanted it.
Again, Economics rears its ugly head. The one thing this report tells us is this: those guys in charge of all this aren't omniscient. But it was clear that, at the point in time when Ira Einhorn was in close association with Morse Peckham, the program that Peckham had designed, obviously with a particular agenda that supported the Economic theories that were being developed around the work of John von Neumann and John Nash, was now known to be a failure. Plan B was obviously going into effect, and Ira Einhorn was central to this plan: restore paranoia! Restore belief in Russian superiority or Russian evil experiments on mankind!
And so we wonder just what kinds of cerebral jamming Ira was doing with Morse Peckham?
In the fall of 1959 when Ira was a junior, he met Michael Hoffman. Hoffman was just entering grad school in English and the two soon became close friends. Hoffman soon married and had a child, and Ira regularly urged him to toss the "normal life," to ditch his wife and child and really "live." This gives us some clue to the effect Morse was having on Ira.
Ira had already decided that earning a living was not for him, so when Morse Peckham urged him to attend grad school, even offering to pay his tuition (!) he thought that was as good a way to develop an occupation for himself that was more to his liking. However, since he had been the resident "Falstaffian figure" at Penn, and had spent most of his time in reading, talking, sex, and doing drugs, as well as traveling extensively, he had to really scramble to convince his professors to accept his final papers as proof that he had successfully mastered his courses. Most of them did, but one gave him a failing grade which meant that Ira would have to repeat the course. He refused.
Ira's friends and family campaigned vigorously to get him to change his mind. His mother went to talk to the professor who said: "Look, Mrs. Einhorn, I don't even know what your son looks like - how can I pass him?"
Levy says that Ira finally changed his mind, suggesting that Ira could see that his own well-being was enough reason to bend to the dominance of the institution. He fulfilled his obligation under duress and with many complaints, and received his degree in 1961. However, considering the influence of Morse Peckham, we wonder about this uncharacteristic change of mind.
In 1962, Morse Peckham was in Europe traveling, and Ira's friend Michael Hoffman took a teaching job in Maryland. Ira wrote to him regularly, so there is something of a record of his thinking through this period. He also was writing in his journals. On December 14, 1999 2:53 PM, Ira Einhorn wrote in an email about these journals:
When reading the above remarks, I was so astonished I practically choked. Notice that, the finding of the "partially decayed body" of Holly Maddux, the woman he was supposed to have loved dearly, was described by Ira as having inconvenienced him by "effectively ended my life as a social activist" !!! Not one thought for the fact that the "partially decayed body was once a living, breathing woman whose life as anything at all was effectively ended in a way that Ira simply does not grasp. No pity for Holly, nothing but self-pity for Ira.
He then goes on to feel sorry for the loss of his diaries. Oh, lord! How sad it is! "For no apparent reason," too! Never mind that the dead body of a woman he claimed to love was found in his house, there was "no reason" to take Ira's journals away from him. Poor widdle Ira. He's gonna cry now! And even more because of what was in those journals which he complains it is illegal to use because he is just so innocent and pathetic and abused and mistreated by those nasty people who think that it's not nice to bash people's heads in!
Levy quotes from these journals and from letters Ira wrote extensively. The reader may wish to obtain the book and read it a time or two to get the full impact of Ira Einhorn in all his psychopathic glory. But, this book is far more than just the story about Einhorn, it's a history of the politics and pop-culture of the 1960s and 1970s, the platform on which the New Age was constructed. There is no way to understand what is going on now without understanding what preceded it, and the part Ira Einhorn has played in creating the great Sideshow of the New Age - to distract attention away from the REAL Stargate Conspiracy.
Getting back to Ira and psychopaths, and Ira whining about how the police just for no reason stole his journals and how Levy was "plagiarizing" them to write about him, he has given us some interesting clues to the perceptions of the psychopath:
Now, this little discovery of Blair's may be very significant: psychopaths treat conventional transgressions like moral transgressions. In short, what this may reveal, is the fact that the psychopath perceives something that another person does to them that they don't like as a "moral transgression. They may even see a disagreement with another person as a moral reason to cause them harm. This then leads to the idea that the psychopath perceives their own wants and desires as being "godlike," so to say. Anything done to the psychopath - for whatever conventional reason - any disagreement with the psychopath, is a "sin," so to say, and their responses to that "sin," are to complain about it as though something terribly and immorally wrong has been done to them. And this gives us a clue that the psychopath will seek to justify their truly immoral behavior as "moral," or on "moral grounds, all the while unable to see any moral justification of the other at all, in any way, shape, form or fashion.
This then leads us to the issue of ego. As Steven Levy wrote, Ira Einhorn had the Gibralter of self images. And the root of this ego is easy to trace: his mother. She had instilled a tremendously strong self-image in her son by her pride, her boasting of his mental prowess, her constant attention to developing his "superior" mentality, and her protecting him from consequences of his behavior BECAUSE of his "genius."
So, as a genius, as a "mythic, godlike being," Ira Einhorn could do no wrong in his own eyes. And so, he is not even embarrassed at what his journals reveal about him even though it makes a lie of everything he ever claimed to stand for in his carefully nurtured public image. As long as Ira himself, never admits a lie, he can continue to maintain his image, completely unaware of the effect of utter amazement he is having on those who KNOW he is lying! The psychopathic liar also knows that there are plenty of people who will believe lies over truth, even against the evidence, and he will cling, to the very end, to that group, that source of "food," knowing instinctively that if he ever admits a lie, he has lost his position as the "alpha male," that he believes himself to be. And loss of that position represents annihilation. And, as we have already seen, playing "semantic games" is the psychopath's solution to answering direct questions.
So, what was in the journals?
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