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Tuesday, October 1st 2013, 4:51pm

RSA Animate - The Empathic Civilisation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7AWnfFRc7g

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And that is that we are apparently soft-wired
some of the primates, all humans
we suspect elephants, we're not sure about dolphins and dogs, we've just begun.

Can someone help me with the meaning of "soft-wired"? In Bulgarian we are translating it "cultural conditioned (programmed)".

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Thursday, March 17th 2016, 8:45pm

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In the last ten years
there's been some very interesting developments in evolutionary biology
neurocognitive science, child development, research and many other fields
which is beginning to challenge some of these long held shibboleths that we've had
about human nature and the meaning of the human journey.

What is the meaning of "the human journey"? Should I translate it literally?

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Thursday, May 12th 2016, 2:02am

I think your suggestion of "cultural conditioned (programmed)" would be nothing short of totally misleading. Culture trains people to do harm to each other and their environment, while convincing them that all is either necessary evil, or not harmful at all. This video highlights the opposite spectrum of human interaction.

They should say hard-wired, in my opinion. Because otherwise it would be out of luck that the human brain developed the same way for every individual person. They approach a more meaningful use of "soft-wired" later, where it's not about neural development, but neural adaptability.

All things considered, it seem to be about a genetic trait that develops over generations, and it is from that perspective they call it soft-wired. If my estimation is accurate, I'd say it's a really sloppy choice of terminology, and you should send your personal troop of ninjas after them RSA immediately ;)

"the human journey" could refer to a human lifespan and the personal experiences that most humans have in common. Or, it could refer to the general direction in which the human race develops (like moral and behavioral norms, values etc).

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