The Causal Pathways of Johnny Cash


I am slogging my way through Steven Pinker's new and very thick book called The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined and it's worth the slogging; for example, after a densely statistical section on the civilizing influence of women in the Wild West, Pinker sums up with this bon mot: "When they held constant all the factors that typically push men into marriage, they found that actually getting married made a man less likely to commit crimes immediately thereafter . . . the causal pathway has been pithily explained by Johnny Cash: Because you're mine, I walk the line."

3 comments:

Igor said...

People who use "bon mot" in conversation in 2011 should be beaten to death with a mining shovel.

rob said...

is that really 'conversation', though? i think dave gets a pass here.

Dave said...

i learned the phrase "bon mot" while reading war and peace, and cherish opportunities to use it. beat away.

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