- What distinguishes humans is social learning — and teaching.
- Crucial to learning and teaching is the value of free expression.
- And we need political leaders who support environments of social peace and cooperation.
- A huge segment of America's population — the Baby Boom generation — is aging and will live longer than any American generation in history.
- The story we read about in the news? Their drain on social services like Social Security and Medicare.
- But increased longevity is a cause for celebration, says Ashton Applewhite, not doom and gloom.
Philosopher Alan Watts thoughts on the the all-pervading presence of nature.
- Alan Watts explores the arbitrary distinction between artificiality and what is considered natural.
- He lays out three unique ways of viewing the world through different world philosophies and sciences.
- Humanity is not a separate entity from nature, but an intellectual disconnect makes us feel that we are.
In general, birds of a feather do tend to flock together.
- It's common for people to form groups of like minded individuals who also have similar abilities.
- Evolution confers advantages on heterogeneous groups of people and groups with diverse talent sets.
- Prizing individual identity ahead of group identity also helps counteract tribalistic politics.
Unlike much of the United States, the South has a culture of honor. While this makes Southerners more polite, it's also something of a double-edged sword.
- Good hospitality and manners are well-known stereotypes of the American South.
- Psychologists believe that the South is so well-mannered because it has a culture of honor, where an individual's reputation is highly valuable.
- To test this, researchers conducted what's known as "the asshole experiment."
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