Too much morality? I'm listening to this right now. I'll post my thoughts on it here when I get the chance.
I have already begun to write responses on YouTube. I'm working on my project now so I will get back later. I have to stop for a time to get my work done. There is so much wrong with this 'philosophy' that needs to get out there. Here are the posts thus far:
@36:05 you state that a terror groups can be started with a half-dozen sitting in a barber shop or pub in the attempt to sell us on the idea that terrorism can arise out of our own midst. Most of the terror groups that ever did so were larger groups and most of them (probably almost all) were infiltrated by our own governmental agencies who then radicalized and financed their terrorism. This was made clear to be the case with the Klu Klux Klan in the 1950s and 60s.
@36:10 “And there can be nasty surprises…” You don’t take into account the fact that almost all narcissistic despots have been put in by ‘global players’ (and banksters and higher up the ‘food chain’). And for “spreading revolution” why not turn your attention how the US, NATO and Saudi Arabia have joined forces in coordinating Al Qaeda (AL-C-I-A-dah) in Syria?
@36:23 “So there are nasty shocks. There are [is] a baseline level of violence that, except for a totalitarian state, you’re never going to stamp out to zero…” A totalitarian state is where the violence a society endures reaches its climax. At that ‘place’ humanity begins to ‘shed its skin’ and replace the tyranny with liberty and freedom.
@37:00 “…I think history is going to push in that direction. And it’s not because I think that there’s some forced ‘mysterious’ [facial language nuances attempting to evoke the idea of ridicule of the topic being brought to awareness] dialectical arc of justice that’s gonna’ bring us to Utopia.” Hegelian dialectic is one of a few dialectical forms that takes on the illusion of being correct. Hegel didn’t honestly consider that there are other kinds of dialectic forms that can occur.
As a professor of cognitive science and psychology you should be aware of a multitude of dialectic forms that build a spectrum of impetus for evolutionary change (I prefer the term enfolding).
Every time humanity inserts itself as the center of the universe of discourse, it makes itself sick. Morality becomes negotiable and expedience takes the upper hand. We must save ourselves by not giving into the temptation of believing we must control our mutual reality in all of its forms.
This ‘insertion” of humanity is an expression of our tendency towards Anthropomorphism. It is often so subtle that we don’t recognize it in its many forms. We haven’t yet recognized the omnimorphistic structure of our Cosmos (of which we and our universe is a part.) [Please remember this in reading my other comments here!]
@37:38 “We can eke out longer and longer life spans…” This is not necessarily a measure of progress. Far more important is the quality of that life span. The elitist mindset has a great deal of inherent hubris as it carries out the ‘stewardship’ of humanity. If it were REALLY concerned with the development of better life spans, then it would stop the overwhelming fraud in finance markets and use those ‘resources’ to feed and educate those of need. Look at our cities. Life is being sucked out.
There are so many axes of human development that mankind hasn’t even begun to catalog nor is even aware exists. Some of the most gifted people have to “eke out” (borrowing your wording) an existence on the street and the best our science can do for them is to give them drugs so that they’re quiet and docile. The intellectual ‘body’ of humanity is RESPONSIBLE for the welfare and potential of those who are less fortunate, but instead it occupies itself with overpopulation myths & means of control.
One last comment in this ‘installment': When I refer to Anthropomorphism I include all of its ‘inflections’. If I need to clarify this, let me know (if you even bother to read this).
I’m back to posting on this video in case someone’s interested. Look at the comment section to follow me. Please be patient as I have little time to spare for it, but it is very important to provide an alternative perspective on what Steven Pinker is saying.
@42:00 you call for ethics centered upon a spectrum of "who get's hurt/who flourishes" (utilitarianism) and @42:34 you state that thinking like an economist makes people better off! With the world in the shape it's in? Open bankster fraud & fear-control-fetish abounds. Utilitarianism offers no guarantee of individual rights!
It's moral reductionism where the majority decides even over fundamental basic rights of freedom and liberty of individuals. Also utilitarianism is unable to facilitate/account for all of what being human is. Subscribing to a morality based upon utility is inherently a danger to humanity. Means and Ends become disharmonious and lacking integrity.
I'm analyzing the video in my spare time and have discovered that pinker is a brilliant coordinator or nexus for premature globalism. If I am wrong, please help me out because that's how the analysis is going.