The Second World by Parag Khanna
Parag Khanna, author of The Second World: How Emerging Powers Are Redefining Global Competition in the Twenty-first Century, delivered a fascinating talk at this past summer’s TED Conference.
At the crux of his speech, and the book, is a rejection of the notion of a borderless world ruled only by First World powers, and a re-examination of other growing hot spots and spheres of influence that we ignore at our peril.
Do we live in a borderless world? If not, is creating a borderless world a noble goal, for that matter, even attainable?
You may view the video by clicking here, and then share your thoughts with us by posting a comment.
To the visit the author’s website, click here. You may also follow Parag via Twitter @paragkhanna.
The Age of Empathy by Dr. Frans De Waal
World-renown primatologist Dr. Frans De Waal’s new book, The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society, draws upon decades of research and study, considering such fundamental questions as: Do we have an instinct for compassion? Or is everything we do motivated simply by innate self-interest?
The book has received a lot of interest; most recently, the Wall Street Journal published an interesting review accompanied by compelling video and images, and the Los Angeles Times pondered the book’s central argument in light of all of the recent negative events (i.e. the War on Terror, the financial meltdown, the ongoing unrest in the Middle East) triggered by humans at the dawn of this still very new century.
You can read an excerpt here, and visit the author’s website for more information.
So what do you think of this newest chapter in the nature versus nurture debate? Is empathy really hardwired? If so, what does that mean for us?
If the unexamined life is not worth living then perhaps the unexamined book is not worth reading?
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