|⇦|| Episode #607 - Flight From Meaning 2
(Money = Competition = Psychosis)
|⌚ Fri 8 June 2012 ☻Alfie Kohn, David Graeber (reading)|
Download Hour1 Download Hour2Although in the 'Flight From Meaning' series, a rather traditional show concludes my second year of making Unwelcome Guests. First, a regular speaker, Alfie Kohn, speaking on why he believes that any competition is too much. We conclude with the end of chapter 9 of David Graeber's Debt, The First 5000 Years, on the introduction of coinage in India, Greece and China.
He dismisses "Human Nature arguments [as] profoundly conservative arguments masquerading as realism", and cites the little known Seville Statement on Violence, adopted by a 1986 international meeting of scientists, convened by the Spanish National Commission for UNESCO, in Seville, Spain, who specifically refute "the notion that organized human violence is biologically determined".David Graeber's Debt, The First 5000 Years, finishing chapter 9. We hear how the introduction of coinage was associated across the world - in Greece, India and China - by materialistic thinking and especially the notion that decisions are framed according to conceptions of profit and loss. If it seems self-evident that people do things if the costs are 'outweighed' by the benefits, we could benefit from musing on whether it would have seemed so to our ancestors who did not have the ideas of equivalence which accompany the widespread use of money.
The Alfie Kohn lecture is from 1989, not from 2004 as suggested in the show.
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