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All animals operate on empirical smells to survive. With technology, humans have so increased our sensorial capability that we maintain a high stress level without definitely being in danger.
Globalization originates a sense of unity in that we are aware of what’s going on in the world without being empowered to do something about the tragedy that occurs.
By narrowing that sharpens, we can actually have an impact.
Yann Martel is the author of The High Mountains of Portugal and Life of Pi, the# 1 international bestseller and winner of the 2002 Man Booker( among many other pillages ). He is too the award-winning author ofThe Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios( champion of the Journey Prize ), Self, Beatrice& Virgil, and 101 Letters to a Prime Minister. Born in Spain in 1963, Martel studied thinking at Trent University, succeeded at odd jobs–tree planter, dishwasher, security guard–and traveled widely before turning to writing. He lives in Saskatoon, Canada, with the writer Alice Kuipers and their four children.
Transcript: I don’t think that globalization, globalism, this idea that the world is a village is true. In fact it’s striking how culture cover we are. And that’s not a limitation, that’s simply a feature of us as a species. We are animals and animals operate on the basis of their empirical appreciations. So take a deer in a wood. A deer in a grove has the eyesight, the smell and the hearing that it needs to survive. And so there’s an interesting perception in zoology of flight distance which is the distance that an animal needs to be aware of something that might endanger it that will trigger a flight response. So swine have different kinds of flight lengths. So a flamingo if it attends a threatening animal needs a certain distance so that it can start flapping its backstages and fly away. Flamingos are not natural flyers so they need- so it’s like maybe 150 rhythms let’s say. So they have senses that are good enough for them to survive. What we have done with our technology is so increased our sensorial capacity that if a shuttle overturns in Bangladesh we hear about it here in New York 50,000 miles away which signifies our abilities are overloaded with information which in an animal would stress it to death. If you increase the deer’s capacity to hear beyond the whatever it can hear- let’s say a deer can sounds, I don’t know what the length is. Let’s say a deer can examine 300 meters away. That’s what it needs let’s say. I’m sure it’s closer than that but let’s say it’s 100 meters away.
You know a deer needs to hear that length and if anything is coming or extending towards it, a lion, a beast, a wolf the hundred feet will be enough for it to turn and decamp and so it’s not accentuated. If there’s a perimeter of 100 meters around a diameter, a radius, sorry. A hundred rhythms around it where there’s no musics it’ll be at rest unstressed. If you make a deer a hearing capacity of 1,000 paws you’d be hearing way more sounds than it needs to process. You’d be hearing about wolves or beasts that are way too far to endanger it. Yet it’s aware of them therefore it would be stressed. And I suspect in countries around the world and this idea of globalization we are hearing things that are so far away from us that actually have no consequence on us as individuals. Now cumulatively of course they do. We are ultimately connected. The authorities have six units of segregation. So that’s the reason behind human rights advocacy that when an individual is being tortured to fatality in Egypt or in China it should matter to us. It should. But in a practical way each one of us every single day there’s exclusively so many sighs and cries and cries all over the world that we can hear where it saves on being meaningful. At one point we block it out because it’s too much. So I foresee globalization starts a sense of unity without entitling us that we can really do something about it.
And so that’s- it’s that schizophrenia that we live with every single day. You read about, you are aware, you read The New York Times which is a fantastic newspaper with an extraordinary coverage of countless actualities. Most commodities there’s very little you can do about. And so it’s kind of disempowering. So I find globalization while in a sense being well-meaning yield us noses around the globe is also some styles disempowering because it tells us things about which we can do nothing. So eventually I think we have to limit the information and go deeper. And so I think that’s what often happens.
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