Civilized Man's Eight Deadly Sins by Konrad Lorenz

By Konrad Lorenz

During this little ebook Konrad Lorenz has summarized all of the significant social and environmental difficulties of our period and each earlier one, for that topic. the primary flaws in our modern global view, which he doesn't particularly articulate, are that exponential progress isn't really sustainable and that expertise reaches some degree of diminishing returns.

His study on "imprinting" id (discussed in larger element in a few of his different books) could be studied very conscientiously by means of all who contemplate themselves "American." they could finish that this doesn't cause them to individuals of a countryside, yet relatively pawns to be manipulated by means of a ruthless, international monetary and political elite.

If the human species survives the perils of the age of know-how and achieves liberation from exploitation, it will likely be since it heeded the knowledge of an Austrian psychologist who understood how a lot everyone is like ducks.

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When mechanical production made it cheap, lace no longer communicated wealth. It lost its cachet and went out of style. Clothing can function to communicate different qualities or traits, sometimes but not always self-consciously. These can be quite general, including things like adherence to—or rejection of—broad social norms. Indexical signs may also serve practical purposes. An example from the human realm is the longbow: a longer bow requires more strength to wield effectively than a shorter bow and also has a greater range.

Indexes contrast with other signs, which relate to what they stand for because of some kind of resemblance or because of convention. 42 Human beings frequently use indexical signs and not just to communicate physical qualities. Zahavi cites the example of lace used for clothing in Europe. Historically, making lace took a great deal of time and labor, rendering it expensive to produce and buy. Wearing lace was then simultaneously—and not coincidentally—fashionable and a sign of wealth. When mechanical production made it cheap, lace no longer communicated wealth.

63 But he rejects the idea of power as something possessed and/or given away, or which only restrains. He conceives of power in terms of relations and relationships, not as something with a separate and static existence. 64 One perhaps counterintuitive aspect of Foucault’s analysis is the integral role freedom has in power relationships. For he tells us that power does not exist without some degree of choice on the part of the subject. When a person acts under duress, that is not a function of power in Foucault’s sense.

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