TWTS – Episode 26. – How Science Can Eliminate Terrorism
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What do cat videos, systems theory, Netwonian physics, and you and me have to do with decreasing extremist violence? A whole lot! I take a look at how science can help us solve our problems with terrorism and other extremist violence, in all areas of our world.
We consider how change spreads from a single individual outward to the whole world via a messy web of more intimate, personal connections involving the sharing of our best, healthiest, most considered ideas.
And we combine that with the understanding that even with complex living beings, the instinctive reaction to an action is an equal one aimed in the opposite direction. This means that a negative/pushing/destructive force will naturally be met, most often, with an equally negative/pushing/destructive force aimed at the original source. This also means that a positive/pulling/constructive force will most often be met with a similarly positive/pulling/constructive force in return. So, if we have a goal of a healthy world, where even very diverse groups can “get along” and at least minimally tolerate one another fairly respectfully, then we should direct our efforts to creating an extremely attractive force at those who have been extremely repellent.
Making ourselves more attractive involves being curious, generous, compassionate, and loving. When we honestly welcome our “enemies'” thoughts and feelings about what they want to accomplish in life and what they believe they need to be able to achieve their dreams, and then seek to help them get these healthy things, we suddenly become exceptionally alluring and personally magnetic, allowing us to lead folks to a better place, where everyone can focus on improving the world.
And, yes, there’re also cats!
Links referenced in episode:
The whole human world is just a few hops away from you!: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_degrees_of_influence
Newton’s Laws of Motion (#3 is the Equal and Opposite one): https://www.brainpop.com/science/motionsforcesandtime/newtonslawsofmotion/
BBC’s Hardtalk interview with Tunisian Nobel Peace Prize winner: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03b18z4
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