David Berlinski and Eric Discuss Human Nature

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David berlinski, you were just talking about in discussion of human nature. This issue, this idea, which of course is utterly preposterous that somehow what we've all known forever for many millennia that there are men and women that somehow, I don't know how, but through some sleight of hand, we can make that all go away, what do you suppose is behind this? Because it seems like a kind of madness, if somebody says, listen, I believe roosters can lay eggs, make a note of it going forward and you'd say, where did you get that idea from? And what do you propose to do about it? What do you suppose is behind it? Well, I think that in a highly individualistic society, such as we are progressively occupied. And in pretty much a secular society as well. The individual is desire of his aptitudes as velocities, his needs become overwhelmingly important. Not only for the scientific analysis of society as max Weber, for example, argue, but also in terms of any personal program of development and satisfaction. It is entirely it has been entirely reduced to a kind of cornucopia of needs, which because we're human beings are infinite in their nature. No matter how many times you satisfy a particular need, you find your astonishment. There is another need that replaces it. We are by nature never satisfied with what we have. A piece of folk wisdom, but it's nonetheless true. And we're reaching the point in an abundant society where the primitive needs have well been satisfied. Very few people that we talk to go without eating, for example, or lack shelter. There are such people, but by and large, the malthusian imperatives have been satisfied in the west,

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