|⇦|| Episode #606 - Flight From Meaning 1
(The Superior Human, Debt in The Axial Age)
|⌚ Sat 2 June 2012 ☻Bernard Rollin, Gary Yourofsky, Richard Ryder, Steve Best, David Graeber (reading)|
Download Hour1 Download Hour2The first of a four part series, we consider the bigger question of meaning in life. In our first hour we look at a prejudice shared by many people of differing backgrounds and inclinations - the notion that human beings are somehow innately superior to all other life forms - with a radio adaption of the 2012 film The Superior Human. We conclude our second hour by resuming reading from David Graeber's Debt, The First 5000 Years where we left off in episode 597.
- A Large Population
- Having Long Lifespans
- Creating Art
- Living in Houses
- Having Opposable Thumbs
- Using Tools
- Using Reasoning
- Walking Upright
- Living in Societies
- The Ability to Kill (almost) All Other Life Forms
- Teaching and Learning
- Other Life Forms Rely On Instinct
- Being At The Top Of The Food Chain
- Consciousness and Autonomy
Reviewing topics such as Cartesian dualism, this film looks at the debate over whether animals feel pain and whether it is moral to consider their welfare or whether humans are somehow innately 'superior'. Speakers include Bernard Rollin on why he coined the word 'speciesism', Gary Yourofsky and Richard Ryder.
The film continues into our second hour, noting that Darwin thought it absurd to think of some animals as higher than others. It concludes with Steve Best looking at the close connection between speciesism and racism.We then take something of a sideways step and look a unique feature of homo sapiens - their propensity to money psychosis. We resume reading Chapter 8 of David Graeber's Debt, The First 5000 Years where we left off in episode 597. Concluding this chapter we make a good start on Chapter 9, The Axial Age, noting that the strategy of military expansion was using in ancient Greece as a way to tackle debt crises, but that it solved nothing since when military expansion reached its limits, the essential problem (the abject poverty of the masses) remained unaddressed.
Thanks to Ultraventus for publishing such a beautiful film
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