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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Logic of Human Destiny

 

It's a little cold to get the brain cells moving but NONZERO - The Logic of Human Destiny by Robert Wright is such an eye-opening, thought-provoking, spine-tingling, mind-boggling, wish-I-had-thought-of-that sort of science book that I'm all fired up.

Robert Wright explains "non-zero-sumness," a game-theory term describing how players with linked fortunes tend to cooperate for mutual benefit. This dynamic has guided our biological and cultural evolution, he says -- but our unwillingness to understand one another, as in the clash between the Muslim world and the West, will lead to all of us losing the "game". Once we recognise that life is a non-zero-sum game, in which we all must cooperate to succeed, it will force us to see that moral progress - a move toward empathy - is our only hope.

Though-provoking? You bet!