Friday, April 05, 2019

John Fish talks about tribalism and individual moral choices as his video tours Cambridge and Harvard



John Fish starts his thrice-weekly YouTube partial livestreams, about Harvard.

Yesterday, he asked “Can Conflicting Moralities Ever Agree?” He names the two major American political parties.  I honestly don’t know how parties work in Canada.


That’s based on his book assignment (maybe for poly sci, maybe for English, maybe for philosophy) “Moral Tribes” by Joshua Green. He has to write his essay (essentially like one of my own book reviews) tonight. I ordered the book from Amazon and will post my own review soon (no, I won’t plagiarize his).  Seriously, I have a lot of other book reviews on my sites, and have gotten a few complaints over the years that students had plagiarized them and gotten caught by “Turnitin”.

John gives a preview of what he will say in the prose book review as he tours the campus, with snappy music in the background (given copyright these days, he’d have to have gotten a license for the music, although maybe it is in the Creative Commons – which EFF and Wikipedia both explain pretty well).  What happens to his videos in the European Union, given Article 17?

He mentions “meta-morality” as a term from the book, and seems to think it is OK that humans have to be challenged to balance their goals as individuals with those of the tribe they belong to.
John, however, doesn’t behave as if he belongs to a tribe.  In that sense, he resembles Tim Pool, although he talks mostly about personal and academic issues, not political.  Maybe Pool should interview him about “tribalism”.

There are a couple of odd comments about puberty in the comments.  At age 18-21, the college years, the finishing touches of puberty (for men) happen.  The brain isn’t fully grown until age 30 (finished pruning).  So chess player Magnus Carlsen has two more years to reach his summer solstice.

You can be a US Senator at Age 30 and president at 35, except, well, John Fish (19?) was born in Canada (I think).  So was actor Richard Harmon (look at his resume).  But so was Ted Cruz, and somehow he gets to run. I think that CNN should pretend David Hogg is running for president at 18 now and let him do a Town Hall.  Hogg doesn’t behave as a tribal person either.

Jack Andraka, now a senior at Stanford, doesn’t run a YouTube channel, but appears in loads of videos about his Science Fair-winning pancreatic cancer test. Again, no tribalism.

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