First, I am no longer interested in describing this predictable human atrocity or that one. I have done that lately out of feelings of overwhelming disgust, a typical human emotion. Political corruption? Destruction of the biosphere? Grotesque income and wealth inequality everywhere? Grinding, hopeless poverty in the "wealthy nations" (United States and Europe)? Partying Davos elites planning our future?
We all know about these ongoing human-caused catastrophes, and, predictably, they are all getting worse in what is now a global economy. Does more need to be said about how disgusting all this is?
No. Fuck that.
The only subject now worth my time is trying to explain how the human animal functions. In so doing, one attempts to explain to other "conscious" people why the human condition is basically a crock of shit. The few people who "get" that are the only ones worth talking to. Everybody else is part of the problem.
Toward that end, I would like to introduce the work of cognitive neuroscience Michael Gazzaniga, who heads the SAGE Center for the Study of Mind at the University of California, Santa Barbara.