Mr Bregman has an excellent awareness towards injustice and righteously points out, that 1500 private jets flying into Davos, talking about philanthropy and how to prevent climate change, is very contradictionary.
What Mr Bregman is not: He is not a Psychologist, He is not a Neurologist or Biologist (would HIGHLY recommend Mr Bregman to team up with one, for example the EXCELLENT Neurobiologist PhD. Gerald Hüther and then UPDATE the book (that might depress a lot of readers – unnecessarily).
Mr Bregman in his book “Human kind” he tries to understand why Babies and Children prefer other people that are similar to themselves (similar taste, color, clothes).
Because Children want to survive, they fear “the unkown” (dangers), and prefer the known (risks).
It has NOTHING to do with “Babies being xenophobic” or “racists.
Certain animals like weasels have “build-in” friend-and-foe detection system.
Show them a picture of a chicken, and they know it’s not dangerous.
Show them a picture of a fox, and they are in fear.
Are weasels animal-phobics? No they (too) simply want to survive and avoid the fox.
So what is the difference between humans and animals?
Imho humans (should be able) to learn faster than other species.
So these are the two things everyone HAS to believe in:
humans can learn
according to Bregman animals learn too, but humans are the best at “social” learning (aka learning from each other!!! the internet, youtube, a giant learning-from-each-other-machine?)
humans can be civilized
With those two believes, come two questions:
Q1: no civilized rule set ever was perfect, who is in charge for improving it? (hopefully not the incompetent & corrupt?)
Q2: will humans learn fast enough to escape “the great filters” of evolution, aka prevent disasters from happening, with unrestricted CAPITALISM CLEARLY NOT INCENTIVIZING = PREVENTING LEARNING & super (with exceptions) rich & the banks do not feel responsible for the survival of their own species…?
SHOULD the incentives of EVERY system be placed on maximum survivability of the species = maximum sustainability of lifestyles?
Would it be UTTER stupidity to NOT do that? (yes)
Bregman & The Neaderthals
Mr Bregman makes COMPLETELY FALSE ASSUMPTIONS, that a bigger brain, would equal to more intelligence.
On average: women have smaller brains, are they less intelligent?
No: ‘”Just like with height, there is a pretty substantial difference between males and females in brain volume, but this doesn’t translate into a difference in cognitive performance,” Nave says.’ (labroots.com)
If that was true, the “sperm wale” (having the biggest brain of all animals), would already have build a swimming pool on Mars.
What can not be ruled out, is that the “evilness” of homo sapiens accelerated the extinction of the Neanderthals.
BUT there might also been partnerships between them.
“results of a 2010 project to map the Neanderthal genome showed that 1% to 4% of Middle Eastern and European DNA is Neanderthal DNA” (shortform.com)
“Neanderthals were fairly specialized to hunt large, Ice Age animals.”
“But sometimes being specialized isn’t such a good strategy.”
“When climates changed and some of those animals went extinct, the Neanderthals may have been more vulnerable to starvation.” (si.edu)
Assumption: While homo sapiens (probably) was here and there in conflict with the Neanderthals, imho homo sapiens was not the deciding factor when it comes to extinction of this species.
Same as the mammoth, the neanderthals (probably) fell victim of:
(too fast) changing climate/environment
not being able to adapt fast enough
… with ever faster climate change, a dire situation, homo sapiens will have to face too.
During the time of the Dinosaurs, there were no homo sapiens (so this time can’t blame them)
Dinosaurs had no capitalism and clearly did not a good job at
early detecting asteroids
early redirecting (pushing away) asteroids
Mankind could do better, but will it do it?
Because what is for sure: if mankind sees a crisis coming, and does nothing, everyone can see that chances of survival for mankind are not great.
Right now the evolution of technology is remarkable, but what has not kept up is the evolution of inter-human civilization in the sense of a civilized living together – sustainably (non-sustainable means: it is going to end).
Settling on Mars will be a hard thing to do, especially if not a lot more of the 1% invest into
making earth a better place
even if Elon & Bezos think they can do it on their own, even with unlimited money, it will be VERY hard for them to make Mars a place where humans can breathe.
The super rich 1% do not live in a complete vacuum,
they too depend on a functional society
a nation with roads without holes …
a society that is NOT in a civil war like state
a society, where everyone rich & poor can feel save, (or even better, where there is a strong middle class) that does not rob & kidnap rich people on a daily basis (as it is already happening in countries such as Brazil… where children of the better-off will have to drive in bullet-proof jeeps through various checkpoints to kindergarden… it takes 30min (!!!) just to pass all checkpoints, #what #the #serious #fuck?,
a company ALWAYS reports a loss, in those countries with high tax rate, to avoid tax (it is THE oldest tax avoidance trick in history)
if the loss is a real loss or just a fake loss (that can be artificially created by let’s say a sub-company – registered in a tax heaven, that charges the mother-company “license fees” (or whatever) – will OF COURSE artificially reduce the net income of the mother company) SHOULD be visible in the stock price of that company
hopefully mankind can learn fast enough, to get out of these systemic self destructive systems trap… not learning is unsustainable in the sense, that “it will end” (all of it)
gov laws like software development?: garbage collection for laws?
ok some rules clearly make no sense (some are from 1936 and definately need a rethinking).
Also Elon is right, when he says, there needs some sort of “garbage” collection of laws, otherwise, law is cluttered with laws that either make no sense or tie down everyone until nobody can do anything (because everything is forbidden).
BUT: the major problem is like with an old software system like MS DOS.
Can it be reformed? (very hard)
Or: (depending if the mess can be reformed, sometimes it might be better to “start from scratch”)
As with in software development: a list of cases needs to be kept, to test, if the new system can handle them all and better.
PS: Mr Bregman, rather than writing books, what about writing a blog?
Because: A paperback book that contains errors, is much harder to update, than a blog post. (also printing books wastes resources).
(it SHOULD be enough to instead of printing out the whole internet, just every once in a while protect it against mass extinction events with backups to M-DISCs that are then stored in a fire proof vault).
“According to Millenniata, the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division of the U.S. Department of Defense found that M-DISC DVDs are much more durable than conventional DVDs. “The discs were subject to the following test conditions in the environmental chamber: 85 °C (185 °F), 85% relative humidity (conditions specified in ECMA-379) and full-spectrum light“.“
shocking new study (by UK-US-tobacco industry): youth would like to live in the “good old past”
When wars were far away…
When marlboro man could ride smoking through TV and cinema landscapes (a Cinema was a place where people came together to PAY for a movie and watch it together with others. Corona killed ’em)… sure… “glorious” days.
Behind this “world view” MIGHT be a very important feature of the nature of the human brain itself: to forget, what is bad, to cherish what was good.
If it would be the other way around… everyone would die of depression within months.
To forget all the bad that happened (e.g. Vietnam war happened in the “good old” days of the 1960s with “good old” (massively corrupt) US presidents as Kennedy (1961, killed, because not corrupt enough), Johnson (1963), Nixon (1969), Reagan (1981), Bush Senior (1989)…
“When asked why they preferred to live in the past, 42 percent of respondents across all age groups said that cohesion had been greater in the past.”
“In the past” it was (probably) not better, but different, because in dire situations, without working together, nobody would have survived in the past.
Going back to the stone age: When someone was expelled from the group… it meant (almost) sure death.
Now is a different story, with laws by democracies ensure capitalism maximum freedoms (in principal good but often recklessly abused for profit as in the case of Amazon paying ZERO taxes), but at the same time, the system “forgets” about fostering solidarity, that this does not happen by itself, allowing and even rewarding individuals to be maximal egoistic (bad) and thus resulting in whole nations living maximal alone.
The world is not that complicated: the earth circulates around the sun, the rich get richer, the poor poorer because they pay higher taxes than Jeff Bezos… as simple as that…
This is not just massively unfair towards ANYONE paying taxes in Europe (self employed are asked to pay 40% taxes on income, employed income tax depends on “tax class”), it is also damaging democracy, because it shows how injustice happens in front of EVERYONE’s eyes and democracies are UNABLE to do anything about it? (I look at you Ireland, Luxembourg and Switzerland).
“In the past” it was (probably) not better, but different… “When asked why they preferred to live in the past, 42 percent of respondents across all age groups said that cohesion(group solidarity) had been greater in the past.” Yes, because you can’t survive in a crisis/hardship without cohesion. The world is not that complicated: the earth circulates around the sun, the rich get richer, the poor poorer because they pay high taxes Amazon does not pay taxes…
Also, the current system is not made for people, but by money (the top 1%) for money (the top 1%)
otherwise we would now have the 1 day week, if you do not believe me, check out Prof Dr Christian Kreiß
By the way, also a very interesting observation in the East/GDR: due to the reunification, the Ossis have become more unequal (some now drive fat BMWs instead of Trabbi and others just drive…. nothing…) CURIOUSLY, this now ensures that former neighbors who got along well back then… now don’t talk a word to each other… Also bad for the better off BMW driver, who is very sad about this fact.
crisis as opportunity for change: time does not run backwards, only one way: forward in creative ways
Trump & Putin, both try to dial back time to the glorious 1960s.
Where black people were not allowed to rent buildings and the Soviet Union could enslave large parts of Europe.
One of THE BIGGEST responsibilities of the older generations (those born before 2000) is, to ensure, that all young people born after 2000
ARE EDUCATED for a broad world view & sustainable survival on this pale blue dot Earth
the mindset of the youth should be: IF YOU DON’T DO IT, NO ONE WILL
SEE THE WORLD: give them cheap travel tickets around the world, so they can see the world from multiple angles… (one sided views are very dangerous traps)
EDUCATE, ENABLE & SHOW (FIRST HAND) THE YOUTH THEIR OPPORTUNITIES TO CHANGE THE WORLD FOR THEMSELVES BUT ALSO FOR THE BETTER OF ALL CONSCIOUS LIFE
this can mean for the elderly to give up powers, privileges and possessions BEFORE DEATH at the age of 100
SWITCH OFF THAT VIOLENCE ON TV, IT WILL INHIBIT THE BRAIN TO THINK CLEARLY! (but goes into flight or fight mode)