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Steven Meglitsch

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Are we capable of creating the global empathetic civilization?

I was fascinated a year or so ago to watch a YouTube vid from the The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) called «The Empathetic Civilization» (link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7AWnfFRc7g ) featuring a lecture by American economist Jeremy Rifkin. The gist of the message seemed to be that the human brain is softwired to be empathetic, and that history has been gradually expanding the scope of human empaty as civilization develops from close blood ties via regious groups to national identities, and even beyond.

What seems to be the problem? We have the knowledge and technology to communicate, identify and empathize with the whole of humanity, or even with the entire Biosphere – why can't we take the next step?


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    Nov 26 2012: In my view humanity is going in the opoosite direction. The rapidly developing technology and the whole culture of making all things easy has a rather dehumanizing effect on people.
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      Nov 26 2012: Dear Jedrek,
      It has the effect we ALLOW it to have on us. Technology is a tool, that we can use to advance, or we can use it to take us in another direction. Which do you, as an individual choose?

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