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Today, mankind lives not only in national societies, but also in a global community. This means that the behaviour and decisions of the inhabitants of nation states also impact the vital interests of inhabitants of other countries. Global warming may be the most obvious example: Greenhouse gas emissions in any particular country will have an impact on global climate change.
The world community is facing a number of major global challenges which have to be jointly managed by all countries through increased co-operation and an increased understanding of our interconnectedness. Other than climate change, the major problems and risks are other large-scale environmental damage and politically motivated violence (war, civil war, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction). Other major problems faced are extreme poverty and rapid population growth.
With the New Shape Prize, the Global Challenges Foundation wanted to challenge participants from all over the world to formulate alternatives to the present state of affairs – either by complementing, strengthening and revising the present UN system, or by proposing completely new forms of governance. The proposals had to be drafted with the aim of identifying and, as far as possible, preventing or minimizing challenges of the kind mentioned above.
Today, mankind lives not only in national societies, but also in a global community. This means that the behaviour and decisions of the inhabitants of nation states also impact the vital interests of inhabitants of other countries.
Global warming may be the most obvious example: Greenhouse gas emissions in any particular country will have an impact on global climate change.
originally posted by: neo96
There's absolutely nothing wrong with tribalism.
Nothing what so ever.
originally posted by: IgnoranceIsntBlisss
Here in the US we have "Republican's" and "Democrat's" constantly slugging it out over their evolving ideals of liberalism and conservatism, and worst of all the lowest depths of partisanship seems to know no limits as we continue to move forward.
SJW's are xenophobic and exclusive to anyone that doesn't think like them (and looks like a Nazi).
Nazi's are xenophobic and exclusive to anyone that doesn't look like them (and thinks like an SJW).
During the run-up to the 2004 presidential election, while undergoing an fMRI bran scan, 30 men--half self-described as "strong" Republicans and half as "strong" Democrats--were tasked with assessing statements by both George W. Bush and John Kerry in which the candidates clearly contradicted themselves. Not surprisingly, in their assessments Republican subjects were as critical of Kerry as Democratic subjects were of Bush, yet both let their own candidate off the hook.
The neuroimaging results, however, revealed that the part of the brain most associated with reasoning--the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex--was quiescent. Most active were the orbital frontal cortex, which is involved in the processing of emotions; the anterior cingulate, which is associated with conflict resolution; the posterior cingulate, which is concerned with making judgments about moral accountability; and--once subjects had arrived at a conclusion that made them emotionally comfortable--the ventral striatum, which is related to reward and pleasure.
"We did not see any increased activation of the parts of the brain normally engaged during reasoning," Westen is quoted as saying in an Emory University press release. "What we saw instead was a network of emotion circuits lighting up, including circuits hypothesized to be involved in regulating emotion, and circuits known to be involved in resolving conflicts." Interestingly, neural circuits engaged in rewarding selective behaviors were activated. "Essentially, it appears as if partisans twirl the cognitive kaleidoscope until they get the conclusions they want, and then they get massively reinforced for it, with the elimination of negative emotional states and activation of positive ones," Westen said. www.scientificamerican.com...
originally posted by: IgnoranceIsntBlisss
Today in civics this seems to be the operating system judging how basically everybody is labeling everybody else as "racist", "sexist" and the like. There's even a sort of confusion that can be observed as the term racist is now commonly applied to basically any form of bigotry. What's happening is we're overlooking that racism is just a specific stripe of tribalism, and the focus is being put on constructing new tribes that are against it, yet they overlook the root cause of this 'disease'. In the process the appeal of being anti-racist is a just cause, but given race drives passion in humans with maximum profoundness its just too easy that a logic of ends justifying the means to kick in. The cause of a group becomes supreme over its opposite and so sown are the seeds that lead to bigotry. We're only human is the part we can no longer afford to overlook, yet we're just gung ho to repeat the same patterns over and over again.