[extropy-chat] Resurrection and leaders.
hkhenson at rogers.com
Tue Apr 24 15:47:47 UTC 2007
At 08:01 AM 4/24/2007 -0400, Heartland wrote:
>First of all, there's no such thing as a resurrection. Things can only be
It's not commonly called that, but in what respect does rebooting your
computer in the morning after if being off over night differ from the
description of "resurrection"?
Re Hitler, I wouldn't run an instance of him, but some graduate student
might. I think we may be giving him far too much credit (or blame). The
same may be true of Stalin, Pol Pot, Genghis Khan, and even the current US
president. What evolutionary psychology is likely to do is to take a lot
of importance away from leaders and put it on the situation. Getting into
wars may be almost as mechanical (on a social level) as drawing back from a
hot stove is for an individual.
Ultimately an EP model fails to put blame anywhere. What we blame on
Hitler most likely resulted from excess population growth and especially
without cheap and effective birth control, who can you blame for that?
This social level trait isn't objectively good or bad, it just is. But it
is something you definitely want to understand if only to stay out of the way.
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