The Truth About Human Nature?

Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the ways that it has shaped our society. (Plus, it has some great sketching)

The one part of the video that I find problematic is the view that hunter-gatherer life was only based on blood ties. It ignores the likely reality that humans viewed themselves as part of the great cosmology of life – hence were connected to more than other humans.

This gives further evidence that our current view of human nature, one laced with greed, conflict, and war, is in fact not our true nature.


  1. What an amazing video – thanks! Some of what he says remind me of Don Beck’s (I think) work on Spiral Dynamics.

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