A purity spiral is a process of moral outbidding, unchecked, rewarding those who put themselves at the extremes, and punishing nuance and divergence relentlessly.
Economists’ selfish model of humanity was about rationalizing the goals of business owners and had nothing to do with how social animals actually behaved.
Inter-worldview dialogue in schools must take into account "invisible" beliefs of dominant cultural traditions.
Johannes Alfons Karl, Ronald Fischer
Rigid ritual movement reduces stress, with participants of the experiments in the high stress condition who showed more rigid behavior experiencing a greater reduction in heart rate and diastolic blood pressure.
Marta Lenartowicz et al.
Can excessive social programming of humans be kept in check by putting AI as a buffer between us and global socio-econo-political system?
Gian-Andrea Monsch, Florence Passy
When somebody joins a community he usually changes his worldview according to ideas circulating in that organization.
What happens to a society without a sense of "shared reality" when even the mayor defenders of science see the truth as guiding ideal for an inquiry that can never be proven for certain?
Patrick Francois et al
Competition between hunter-gathering societies induced selection of group beneficial (prosocial) but individually costly traits and societies with the fitness-enhancing norm/institution combinations proliferated via defeating less successful groups.
How believing in intersubjective fictions like gods, nations, human rights or money enabled humans to cooperate in very large numbers with complete strangers and rule over all the other animals of planet Earth.
Natasha Lomas (Alain de Botton)
We have managed to satisfy people’s basic material needs… but we’re unhappy, we’re squabbling, we’re looking for meaning, and these are all businesses waiting to be born.
Knut Ims, Ove Jakobsen
A critique of the "metaphysical blindness" of modern economics and its mechanical worldview which leads to conflicts between economy, culture, and nature.
Before they are willing to sit down to negotiate resolution, parties to deep-rooted conflict need to find new ways of relating to each other that help them to more fully understand the beliefs, meanings, values, and fears held by both their opponents and themselves.
As dispersion grows, our cities will become flatter and less dense.
Sharun Mukand, Dani Rodrik
Political entrepreneurs, think tanks, pundits and partisan media can develop and disseminate ideas that alter either the worldview or the identity of the electorate, which in turn alter its perceptions of the proposed policies and their outcomes.
Digital dictatorships, people as domesticated “data cows” and other dangers of the information age.
Ken Baskin, Dmitri M. Bondarenko
Large-scale cultural processes may be forced by the environment and take shape of the succession of stable states and turbulent phase transitions as in the case of ice-melting-water-boiling-vapor pattern.
The labour market in most developed countries has settled into an equilibrium pattern that makes work very bad for many people, and it is getting worse as a result of technical and institutional changes.
Data-driven society optimization will not work because the world is changing too fast, is nor predictable or simple, and (in the language of computer science) we don't even know the right goal function...
Ara Norenzayan et al.
12 000 years ago: large scale, cooperative, anonymous societies appear, and at the same time prosocial religions begin to conquer the world.
Human ultrasociality represents a major evolutionary transition: higher-level collectives (societies) become so well integrated that they can be treated as “individuals” in their own right.
Andrew J. Hoffman
Climate change challenges us to examine previously unexamined beliefs and worldviews, and it is a proxy for deeper conflicts over alternative visions of the future and competing centers of authority in society.
Nicole Note et al.
How to balance taking my worldview as true so it can explain the world for me and at the same time relativize its basic categories in order to communicate and cooperate between cultures?
Eiko Ikegami, Piet Hut
Changing the society by temporary decoupling from "real" hierarchical ties in preindustrial Japan poetry meetings and in contemporary virtual Second Life communities.
David Sloan Wilson
Group-advantageous traits associated with
human morality do increase the fitness of groups, relative to other groups, even if they are selectively neutral or disadvantageous within groups.
The goal of reframing is to develop a mutually acceptable definition of the problem.