We are intelligent because we are social

I submitted a couple talks to this month’s Ignite Portland event. This is a really cool series of events — basically, a bunch of people are chosen to give 5-minute presentations, accompanied by a slideshow, on any topic of their choosing. The topics vary widely, with topics like origami, how to buy a used car, and an excellent crash course in nuclear physics.

Thankfully, I wasn’t selected this time — what with the Oregon Revised Statutes issue I got embroiled in, I don’t know where I would have found the time to get a presentation prepared!

So I got to attend as an audience member, which was much more my speed. Here’s my favorite of the 5-minute presentations I saw, by Jenny Andrews:

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2 Responses to “We are intelligent because we are social”

  1. This was one of my favorites as well. If we are intelligent because we are social, and thus were forced to create multifaceted languages and relationships, what does this mean for moving towards a peaceful world? If through these developments we as humans created categories, relationships, norms and even hierarchies, how do we undo the negative impacts of those developments to come together?

  2. Shouldn’t that be “favourites”? ;)

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