Evidence suggests “Reason” is powerful and it is what has enabled humans move toward a more just society. The most recent example of the power of reason happened for me when a new perspective was presented to me about charity. I had always thought it was important for my money to go for the cause, not the overhead. With powerful data, Dan Pallotta (in TED Video below), demonstrates how frugality does not mean morality and that spending money for a charity’s overhead is important and necessary. Reason, therefore, as presented by Dan Pallotta, demonstrates there may be better ways to raise money for worthy causes.
Violence prevalence is something that may be the most misunderstood concept because of our 24 hours news cycle that highlights the opposite. Reason and data demonstrates we are a far less violent society today than in the past. Startling and convincing data outlined by Steven Pinker: The surprising decline in violence in the TED Video below, explains why we are safer.
The above presentations have demonstrated the power of reason. If you want to argue the point, doing so suggests reason has the power to change minds. The value of reason was clarified and reinforced in the excellent cartooned TED Video by Steven Pinker and Rebecca Newberger Goldstein: The long reach of reason. I encourage you to watch.
As demonstrated, reason has the power to alter our way of thinking and can help us create a better world.
For me, one of the most powerful TED presentations was this 2005 presentation,Barry Schwartz: The paradox of choice where he used reason to challenge the dogma that having more options was good. If you have seen it before or not, I strongly recommend his presentation and book, The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less.
I look forward to hearing how “Reason” will help you generate comprehensive improvements by creating pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless, synergistic interactions so everyone and everything benefits.
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