A Communitarian Subsconsious
Like schools of fish that respond to predators, we need to rely on our unconscious impulses because, by and large, it makes us smarter and quicker, says psychoanalyst Ken Eisold.
Our species' advanced level of consciousness, i.e. being self-aware, often interferes with our ability to utilize collective wisdom—the kind of subconscious wisdom that turns a school of fish away from predators. Humans, however, prioritize individual desires over those of the community; we choose competition over cooperation. And in doing so we create a host of psychological maladies that pit the individual against society. A greater trust in our subconscious motivations and a critical examination of our conscious ones would go a long way toward making social bonds more satisfying and fulfilling our biological, which is to say social, destiny.
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The history of the Geneva Conventions tells us how the international community draws the line on brutality.
- Henry Dunant's work led to the Red Cross and conventions on treating prisoners humanely.
- Four Geneva Conventions defined the rules for prisoners of war, torture, naval and medical personnel and more.
- Amendments to the agreements reflect the modern world but have not been ratified by all countries.
Meanwhile, Spaniards are the least likely to say their culture is superior to others.
- Survey by Pew Research Center shows great variation in chauvinism across Europe.
- Eight most chauvinist countries are in the east, and include Russia.
- British much more likely than French (and slightly more likely than Germans) to say their culture is "superior" to others.
And you thought red-light cameras were bad. HA!
- The coalition argues that government agencies might abuse facial recognition technology.
- Google and Microsoft have expressed concern about the potential problems of facial recognition technology.
- Meanwhile, Amazon has been actively marketing the technology to law enforcement agencies in the U.S.
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