Human nature allows us to think our way out of blindspots. Tribalism is muted by other human creations, such as diverse communities with complex structures and more universalistic values. We call that civilization.
The brain relies on several instincts to help us survive, and sometimes they conflict. One fear can literally contradict another. That's the case with climate change. The bad news is that at this point, the wrong ones are winning. The good news is, things may be changing.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently announced that the country's attempts to encourage multicultural harmony, with races living side-by-side, have "utterly failed." A recent article in the journal Science refutes this claim.
There is only one way to lower the danger of nuclear terrorism and conflicts like that between Iran and Israel: the next generation needs to be educated within an ethics of global cooperation from earliest childhood onward.
For Libyans who have risked their lives in the name of democracy, the fates have engineered a beneficent reversal as radical as any in history. It's unclear, however, what the ultimate outcome of the allies' intervention will be for democracy.
It's political rhetoric to speak of finding unity and strength in our diversity, but how often in the past ten years have we used these differences in a tribal way to divide and conquer, electorally and socially?