Daniel Kronovet

President, Berkeley Student Cooperative
Berkeley, CA, United States

About Daniel

Languages

English, French, Hebrew

An idea worth spreading

We can use the power of abstraction (in the computer science sense) and reasoning by analogy to understand ourselves in novel ways. For example: we are composites of countless cells, all coordinated by biological mechanisms to create our lives. It is clear to us the role each cell plays. But transporting ourselves to that cell's level of awareness, given the experiences it has, how well could it understand that same system (a human being), of which it is a part? It could not. So reasoning by analogy back to humans: just because we can't understand precisely the larger social system of which we are apart, do we still have grounds to conclude that one doesn't exist?

Universities

UC Berkeley

My TED story

I went to TEDxBerkeley on 2/19/2011 and was really impressed by the speakers. Then I started browsing the TED website one day... and then I made an account... we'll see where it all goes.

Comments & conversations

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Daniel Kronovet
Posted over 4 years ago
Misunderstanding Ethics and the purpose of this talk
This sounds like a debate between wisdom and intelligence, where intelligence is knowing how to do things, and wisdom is generally knowing why to do things. Calling someone a luddite because they choose not to engage in some activity shows an incredible lack of wisdom. We could even go back to Aristotelian ethics here: virtue exists in moderation. Bravery is virtuous, but cowardice and reckless bravado are not.