A video log for this week
The Empathy Gene: Are We Really Born Good or Evil? from Claremont Graduate University on Vimeo.
I am very impressed with your findings and wonder - would a good sniff of Oxitocyn help a woman in labour to have an easier birth beccause she would be more trusting and "open" ?
I am a venetran pioneer of natural birthing in Israel and would love to give it a try. Can you help?
Is it possible that the human community needs both, those who are more prone to empathy, to nurture, and those who are less prone i.e. those who will "attack" when necessary?
Historically speaking, the human community has always had those who oppose harming, at all cost, and those who are willing to
wage war in what they see as their effort to "protect" the community.
I am just asking, is possible that both positions are naturally occuring, survival type mechanisms, and perhaps, in the past, necessary for continuance of the community?
I believe the discusion is important because, now that we have the ability to annialate the population, it is time for us to "get a grip" on our human motivations.
... is that if you become to loving you'll start to take it too far and start to love weaknesses.
We can see this in feminism where people TWIST morality into monstrous forms, or we can see this in the conservative movement and their hatred of 'socialism' (i.e. helping other people because the human institution of the market is flawed)
Conservatives believe (falsely) that the market as an institution is just and does not have severe flaws that can only be corrected by the people being the most exploited by it.
To try to protect billionaires while innocent people are suffering means one has a sick moral view of the world.
So it's a matter of ratio and proportion, love in the right doses and discipline and/attack/unconcern in the right dose.
The problem is having the scientific knowledge and life experience to know how much is enough in a given situation.
Paul J. Zak is a neuroeconomist at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA. His book The Moral Molecule will be published in 2012.