ThePenIsMyTier saidYeah, Dr. Love has some holes in his story. Like anyone who makes such definite claims, take him with a grain of salt.
I think most of what he said made sense.
Well, he's pretty to look at and he has a lovely speaking voice and he has, afterall, been Tedified (yes, I know I'm on hallowed ground here and someone is going to go crazy that an anonymous nobody online might have the nerve to critique anything Ted), so I'd imagine he might be tasty with a pinch of salt. But why let that recipe interefere with critically considering what the so-called Dr. Love actually proposed?
The holes are a problem, as you recognize, for these grand theories of making the world a better place must hold at least some water. Besides the holes, he also spills some overflow wherein he indicates how very much oxytocin he must have been personally producing as a 1st world citizen (even when he wasn't masterbating), held evident by him being so easily scammed out of his money as a teen, yet the 3rd world countries, which he labels as "low trust" which are in reality scammed for their natural resources and kept poor by the declared oxytocin-abundant 1st world importers (so much for our empathy), he offers as evidence of their low oxytocin? That's not even a gaping hole. That's a canyon. Perhaps I missed something in his presentation but I would like to hear clearly his explanation on how to cross that.
GreenHopper saidYup, its completely ridiculous... bats, dolphins, elephants, and many apes show empathic behaviour in the wild... Dolphins are even seen to be "disciplined" by their mothers in a stern fashion just like humans, showing that they have morality...
And honestly.. if you own a dog, cat or bird, do you honestly think they are not empathic to you?
What is the opposite of anthropomorphism?
When I was a little kid, the big thing about being human, that only humans could do, what separated us from other animals, was our use of tools.
Then what supposedly separated us from other animals was our ability not just to use tools, which other creatures were found doing, but to fashion the tools for a specific purpose.
Oooops, wrong again. Because "lower" life forms were found doing that too.
At one point we were thought the highest life form because the size of our brains compared to body weight, but then someone thought to measure mice compared to men. Ooops. (and that was before the obesity epidemic made us look, relatively, even stupider).
Science can be so damned inconvenient.