David Brooks from the New York Times talks about humans and individual imagerelationships and how it is diminishing.  Why are the most socially connected people becoming so de-humanizing he asks?  When discussing policy he says this is a much larger problem then just one person.  Reason has been separated from emotions and reason can suppress the passion.  Assumptions of physics have been used to determine human behavior.  We talk about skills, safety and so on, but really bad today when it comes to talking about character. He states we have lost the way to connect both emotions and reasons.  I love the humor in here. “Uber Moms” is one example, hilarious, but true. 

Expressions that come out of people that make Dick Cheney look like Jerry Lewis, funny but again true.  He talks about our conscious mine and our unconscious mind, and the second is doing the work that leads to some oddities.  Emotions are at the center of our thinking and are not separate from reason and tell us what to value. 

Human capital is measurements only and things that are deeper are needed like the ability to enter into other minds and see what is important.  Those who know how to relate have a much better run at life.  He also states that we are over confident and I think myself some of this goes back to the way we market today too.  He ends with how shallow our view of human nature has become and we need to bring it back.  Great talk!  BD 

Tapping into the findings of his latest book, NYTimes columnist David Brooks unpacks new insights into human nature from the cognitive sciences -- insights with massive implications for economics and politics as well as our own self-knowledge. In a talk full of humor, he shows how you can't hope to understand humans as separate individuals making choices based on their conscious awareness.

David Brooks: The social animal | Video on TED.com


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