What is the role of Philosophy in the 21st Century?
It seems that everything philosophy was ever good for or ever developed has been subsumed other some other name (e.g, science, sociology, evolutionary psychology, anthropology, the President etc.). During the twentieth century it was thought the role of philosophy was to sort out our misunderstandings of the world by the analysis and systemization of language. This proved futile in solving philosophical problems such as the nature of space and time or why my toe hurts when I stub it. In place of these questions we have unknowingly attributed the title 'Philosopher' to purely rational thinkers like Einstein or empirical investigators like Pinker leaving the philosophers (both trained and natural) with nothing to do but be a critic of the highest brow. Philosophical unemployment is further exasperated by a resounding public 'stink eye'. Philosophy has been condemned many times in the past, but has always found a role to play. What will be its role in the 21st Century?
Researchers discover a link between nonverbal synchronization and relationship success.
- Scientists say coordinating movements leads to increased intimacy and sexual desire in a couple.
- The improved rapport and empathy was also observed in people who didn't know each other.
- Non-verbal clues are very important in the development stages of a relationship.
Humans evolved to live in the cold through a number of environmental and genetic factors.
- According to some relatively new research, many of our early human cousins preceded Homo sapien migrations north by hundreds of thousands or even millions of years.
- Cross-breeding with other ancient hominids gave some subsets of human population the genes to contend and thrive in colder and harsher climates.
- Behavioral and dietary changes also helped humans adapt to cold climates.
Could this be the long-awaited solution to economic inequality?
Under capitalism, the argument goes, it's every man for himself. Through the relentless pursuit of self-interest, everyone benefits, as if an invisible hand were guiding each of us toward the common good. Everyone should accordingly try to get as much as they can, not only for their goods but also for their labour. Whatever the market price is is, in turn, what the buyer should pay. Just like the idea that there should be a minimum wage, the idea that there should be a maximum wage seems to undermine the very freedom that the free market is supposed to guarantee.
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