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Dr. Nayef Al-Rodhan is a Philosopher, Neuroscientist and Geostrategist.
Senior Member, St. Antony's College, Oxford University, UK, and Senior Fellow and Centre Director of the Centre for the Geopolitics of Globalization and Transnational Security, Geneva Center for Security Policy, Geneva, Switzerland. Read more
The enduring assumption that human behaviour is governed by innate morality and reason is at odds with the persistence of human deprivation, injustice, brutality, inequality and conflict. This book offers a fresh look at human nature and universal security by proposing a new general theory of human nature, "emotional amoral egoism", and a specific theory of human motivation that draws on a wide range of philosophical, psychological and evolutionary approaches to human nature as well as neuroscientific research. It argues that human behaviour is governed primarily by emotional self-interest and that the human mind (...) Read more
"This ambitious and wide-ranging book offers both a synthesis of philosophical and scientific approaches to human nature and a strong plea for a set of universal human values. Its attraction lies in its forceful argument that the emotional aspects of human nature should be taken seriously if we are to design effective systems of political and moral cooperation, and that our political thinking needs to be inspired by the neuro-psychological consequences of our brain chemistry."
Professor Michael Freeden, Professor of Politics, Director of the Centre for Political Ideologies, Professorial Fellow, Mansfield College, Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom
1) "I define sustainable history as a durable progressive trajectory in which the quality of life on this planet or other planets is premised on the guarantee of human dignity for all at all times and under all circumstances." (Nayef Al-Rodhan, Sustainable History and the Dignity of Man, p. 13)
2) "The sustainable history approach set out in this study views history as propelled by good governance paradigms that balance the tension between human nature attributes (emotionality, amorality and egoisms), on the one hand, and human dignity needs (reason, security, human rights, accountability, transparency, justice, opportunity, innovation and inclusiveness), on the other." (Nayef Al-Rodhan, Sustainable History and the Dignity of Man, p. 13)
3) "In my opinion, a life governed by reason is likely to be more dignified than one shaped by dogma and unbridled emotions." (Nayef Al-Rodhan, Sustainable History and the Dignity of Man, p. 437)
Nayef R.F. Al-Rodhan, "Editorial of GCSP Policy Brief No. 22, Changing Health Paradigms, Globalization, and Global Security," GCSP Policy Brief Series, Program on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalization and Transnational Security, December 6, 2006.
Cultural resilience and strength resulting from mixing and exchanges between various cultures. Since human beings have by-and-large the same genetic make-up, all of humankind is motivated by the same things and arrogance, injustice, exceptionalism and exclusion are not only unfounded but misguided and hinder humankind’s potential for synergistic progress and prosperity. Indeed, cultural and ethnic diversity, which contributes to what I call cultural vigour, is an advantage to humankind’s future survival, strength and excellence in a similar way to molecular/genetic diversity in nature, which produces “hybrid vigor” and thus strength, resilience and the potential for a problem/ disease-free future. Cultural and ethnic diversity needs to be thought of as benefiting humanity’s future, survival, strength and excellence. It promotes what I call cultural vigour similar to the way in which molecular/genetic diversity promotes “hybrid vigour” in nature and thus strength, resilience and a higher potential for a problem/disease-free future.