Friday, July 9, 2010

Empathy is the Invisible Hand

Tim King over at Post Christian has recently shared an incredible video on mimetic theory, empathy, and the evolution o our internal wiring on how we interact and identify with our fellow man.

Click on over to Tim's site for his response, but I have to say that I am also wild about this stuff. This video brings up all sorts of intriguing question my favorite by far is "why stop here?" in relation to how we identify ourselves and the "alien" other. If history shows us that our ties have been growing to include people we've identified as The Other in the past, why do we feel the need to stop? Do we need The Other to self-identity? Is there any danger in embracing our human neighbors in whom we share our genetic material? And if we choose to embrace more global ties do we necessarily have to lose and/or reshape our prior identity (cultural, religious, etc.)?

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