Re: Is leave the world a better place than you found it a realistic moral code?

This has been an interesting idea now that we see this a lot in the new global warming and eco-friendly ads. I can see the "leave the world in a better state" being a personal ambition--and hopefully a collective ambition--but only when I picture myself with children. I guess thats what they're striving to encourage now.

Problem is that most people don't have a reason to leave the world better than it is other than the prolongment of the human race. And naturally, we should be working for the collective good of our species! However, somehwere in evolution we got to the top of the food chain, and with our "intelligence" we don't have much to compete against but ourselves. I think the powerlessness of the UN is a good indication of the limits of the human race in working collectively. Really, this doesn't seem feasible except in alien movies. =X

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

Getty Images
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

Keep reading Show less

In a first for humankind, China successfully sprouts a seed on the Moon

China's Chang'e 4 biosphere experiment marks a first for humankind.

Image source: CNSA
Surprising Science
  • China's Chang'e 4 lunar lander touched down on the far side of the moon on January 3.
  • In addition to a lunar rover, the lander carried a biosphere experiment that contains five sets of plants and some insects.
  • The experiment is designed to test how astronauts might someday grow plants in space to sustain long-term settlements.
Keep reading Show less

Neuroscience confirms your subconscious shapes your reality

Groundbreaking neuroscience confirms what Sigmund Freud first theorized.

Technology & Innovation

Groundbreaking neuroscience confirms what Sigmund Freud first theorized: that what we believe to be the objective reality surrounding us is actually formed by our subconscious. David Eagleman explains:

Keep reading Show less

Love in a time of migrants: on rethinking arranged marriages

Arranged marriages and Western romantic practices have more in common than we might think.

Culture & Religion

In his book In Praise of Love (2009), the French communist philosopher Alain Badiou attacks the notion of 'risk-free love', which he sees written in the commercial language of dating services that promise their customers 'love, without falling in love'.

Keep reading Show less