Friday, May 11, 2007

Cooperation is better than conflict. Duh!

This video is an excerpt from the TED (technology, environment and design) conference is very interesting on the topic of "non-zero sumness" essentially the truth that cooperation is better than conflict. I found his "optimistic cynicism" delightful!

Here's the description from TED - "Author Robert Wright explains “non-zero-sumness,” a game-theory term describing how players with linked fortunes tend to cooperate for mutual benefit. This dynamic has guided our biological and cultural evolution, he says -- but our unwillingness to understand one another, as in the clash between the Muslim world and the West, will lead to all of us losing the “game.” Once we recognize that life is a non-zero-sum game, in which we all must cooperate to succeed, it will force us to see that moral progress — a move toward empathy — is our only hope."

Essentially, he points to the importance of a global cooperative culture. To sum it up he said "We have come too far to screw it up!"

It is clear that collaboration for positive outcome is essential for the well being of our species, and it feels good too!

Here is one of my earlier entries on the topic:

What makes you feel as good as sex or chocolate?

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