Great TED – The Social Animal

I had about a 20 minute drive to make last night, so I decided to cue up a TED talk on my iPhone and see if I could multitask transportation and enlightenment. I succeeded. Or rather, David Brooks, columnist for the New York Times succeeded with his compelling talk about human nature and our conscious awareness.

There are several comedic and interesting sound bites worth sharing, but he delivers a summation in the middle of his talk that struck a chord with me.Watch 1916: The Irish Rebellion (2016) Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

“…. for centuries we’ve inherited a view of human nature based on the notion that we’re divided selves. That reason is separated from the emotions, and that society progresses to extent that reason can suppress the passions. And it’s lead to a view of human nature that we’re rational rational individuals who respond in straight-forward ways to incentives. and it’s lead to ways of seeing the world where people try to use the assumptions of physics to measure how human behavior is… and it’s produced a great amputation. a shallow view of human nature. we’re really good at talking about material things, but we’re really bad at talking about emotions. we’re really good at talking about skills and safety and health, but we’re really bad at talking about character.”

Though the talk and Mr. Brooks are politically focused, and though his party views are conservative (he’s been quoted as saying “I was a liberal before coming to my senses”), the meat of his TED Talk is a social and psychological commentary on our subconscious perception, interactions, and ultimately, how those things effect our views of others and of society and societal issues at large.

Important stuff to be aware of, think about, and develop a perspective on.