Osama, Michael Jackson, and Group IQ
a Voices from the Edge presentation in New York City
Sex and violence. Population biology and the reproductive habits of mice (and Medievals). Osama bin Laden vs. Michael Jackson. Ancient bacteria outsmarting modern super-computers. With this incongruous cast of characters, cultural scientist Howard Bloom argues that the battle being waged by Osama bin Laden against Western culture (as personified by pop icon Michael Jackson) is not a battle between religious fundamentalism and godless consumerism. Says Bloom, it is a battle for dominance between two ancient reproductive strategies employed by life's most intimate component: our DNA. This one hour talk is fascinating, provocative, and absolutely original!
“We are the neurons of massmind. The neurons who are making history in our time. We, the people who determine whether we descend to a new Dark Age or ascend to a new world of light, are literally you and me.”
Recorded on: 7/31/2004
Social and Cultural Evolution