The aetiology of behaviour

September 17, 2018


An illuminating video about human behaviour. We are all aware that it is much more than just cause and effect. As Shakespeare said "Nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes it so". We also know that every behaviour serves a purpose for the person doing  in the situation they are in... (or originally, when they adopted the behaviour it did.... it may now just be habit). It is only when we see whether that behaviour or way of reacting is still actually useful, positive, proactive, helpful that we can consciously decide whether to change it.... but it is not for us to judge people's behaviour without the recognition that for that person the particular behaviour serves (or served) a positive intent, for them in the situation they were in. In this video, the nueroscientist Robert Sapolsky looks at extraordinary behaviours in extreme contexts, and how individuals can (despite the collective unconscious, the status quo, their own genes, programming, upbringing, and the reality of the actual situation they are in) reach extremes of depravity or extremes of altruism... inspiring and thought-provoking. It is only through thinking about our behaviours that we learn that we choose and control them, otherwise our behaviours control and determine us, and our destiny!

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