A Selfish Argument for Making the World a Better Place – Egoistic Altruism

  • Published on: 18 March 2018
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    A Selfish Argument for Making the World a Better Place
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  • Baigandine L
    Baigandine L   33 minuts ago

    I think you'll find capitalism is part of the answer.

  • El Desó
    El Desó   4 hours ago

    Building a planet-size nuclear bomb to destroy y'all of you fuckers could be an extension to this arguement, because this way I'm ending y'all of you fuckers' miserable puny lives. Beat that.

  • Akyer
    Akyer   11 hours ago

    There has been a real world example of the effect of the Positive Sum game.After WW2, the world is divided between the communisitic Soviet Union and the capitalistic USA. Many countries, especially ones closer to the borders of communism like Germany, Korea, and Japan recieved great financial aid under the Marshall Plan from the US. The intention behind the plan was to make the country stay out of Communism, but the bigger side effect was the Positive Sum game the video mentions. These three countries mentioned soon grew into the top rank countries in terms of economics. We have German engineerings and cars. We have Korean K-pops and Samsung. We have Japanese trains, and of course Anime and Waifus. Without such aid, we will never see German engineering and cars, never see K-pops and Samsung, and will never see Anime and waifus. Just imagine what other countries could innovate if they were simply given the aid.We are in the Positive Sum game. There is no point for fighting for wars. We all can benefit and recieve a big piece of pie if we are altruistic.

    PIPER   1 days ago

    Proof that working together and accepting one another is the key to world peace.

  • mara r
    mara r   1 days ago

    crazy how people will only care if they profit out of it

  • MeawPow
    MeawPow   1 days ago

    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell : Counties invade One-another to get more pieMe:𝑳𝑬𝑻 𝑻𝑯𝑬𝑴 𝑬𝑨𝑻 𝑪𝑨𝑲𝑬

  • Sae Yi
    Sae Yi   1 days ago

    The ultimate destroyer of egotistic altruism: Socialism

  • Winston Bergseid
    Winston Bergseid   1 days ago

    kurzgesagt: do you like to be alive?the internet: """sure""""

  • m scorpion
    m scorpion   3 days ago

    it is a very dfficult to choose between altruism or egoism. i dont think there is a universal absolute formula for this. depends on situation but IMO generally egoism is good for short time and altruism is better for the long run. lots of parameters are important here like population, efficiency, environment, culture and ...

  • Nick Rhodes
    Nick Rhodes   3 days ago

    We live in a world where “goodness” is thought to bring you up and help yourself. Being a lifelong Christian and conservative, my opinion on this matter is quite different. Yes, Capitalism drives us to innovation and we all benefit from it, sometimes leading all to greater increase in wealth, or as the diagram illustrated it, an increase in pie. However, there is no good from which bad does not come. For a business to thrive and increase in power and income, there has to be another business which dies out. This is the glorious business cycle and how it should work. The way this relates to goodness and being helpful to others is an important one. Spreading the message that God has sent Jesus Christ to accept our sin and die for us is the ultimate happiness for me, for I am boosting my faith while bringing others to God to have life after death. The competitiveness of Capitalism is great because it lets us all learn and help ourselves, boosting the American economy and boosting our own self interests. We all need to be good to others, but we do not only feel good from profit. We show others the ultimate sacrifice of our Lord and how he has given us amazing things. Getting two businesses to thrive does not work in the pong run, and one has to succeed. This is always a learning experience, and every person who tries will succeed in the long run at least once. God bless you all, and let us thank God for allowing us the freedoms to rule ourselves.

  • Manfred Schultz
    Manfred Schultz   3 days ago

    This is why I’m very against Socialism.Zero-sum thinking of leftists wanting to keep the “Pie” not only stagnated but also shrinking for the sake of “Equality”(of outcome) of theirs :|

  • Kristaps Sprūdžs
    Kristaps Sprūdžs   4 days ago

    1:20 so this just dumb 137 fold means The thing times 2 to the power of 137 you unfold it it doubles unfold it again it quadruples from the original size not the thing times 137 so yeah be on the look out for this in the future

  • colin8696908
    colin8696908   1 weeks ago

    Its a positive sum game if you live in the west. 90% of the world couldn't stop having kids and now they live in there own shit. Don't have kids, save the ecosystem.

  • Max Glider
    Max Glider   1 weeks ago

    i love how they just randomly add wilhelm scream in videos 0:52

  • 1 2
    1 2   1 weeks ago

    ....but you know that there are still limited recources ? so it could end pretty bad if dont have enought for everyone

  • We Deserve Better
    We Deserve Better   1 weeks ago

    This entire video rests on one fatal assumption: the idea that having more pie = being better off.

  • Bobus
    Bobus   1 weeks ago

    Why dose he keep saying farmers are poor

  • CrunchyAl
    CrunchyAl   1 weeks ago

    Unfortunately, politicians exist.

  • bts ღ
    bts ღ   1 weeks ago

    It's all about our short term selfishness and long term selfishness but for most of us the short term will always win

  • Mae Ngan
    Mae Ngan   1 weeks ago

    What John Nash said, people. What John Nash said.

  • Bas de Jong
    Bas de Jong   1 weeks ago

    Saying that cancer is curable is a BIG mistake. Yes, there are a few TYPES of cancer which might be caused by viral infections, but speaking of cancer in general it's impossible. To cure cancer we need some magical miracle medicine deleting ionizing radiation from existence, and DNA/RNA replication/translation mistakes. Unless we already have that the only thing we can do is improving our current treatments or developing new ones. They should at least NOT be able to cause cancer themselves nor should they cause severe side effects.

  • Long Horse
    Long Horse   1 weeks ago

    I love to see those birdies being happy 😀

  • Matthew Du
    Matthew Du   1 weeks ago

    This can be solved with one solution. Make everything free.

  • Kaser
    Kaser   1 weeks ago

    0:54 Haha, very famous scream !

  • DougtheDonkeyTV
    DougtheDonkeyTV   1 weeks ago

    Although I agree that making the world better will also make your life better, I feel like the idea that before the industrial revolution the world was a zero-sum game isn’t correct.

  • Watertype Freaks
    Watertype Freaks   2 weeks ago

    redistribution of wealth is not wasting money but investing money

  • Dan
    Dan   2 weeks ago

    sadly most cancer research was a dead end - the answer came from gene manipulation and immune stimulation, not chemotherapies; yet they persisted

  • La_
    La_   2 weeks ago

    Imagine a world where we can wake up and eat a fruit outside of any tree we see, or hunt a boar in the wild.. Where tech and money, class system and government didn't exist.. we have nice stuff like cellphones and cars and better medicine, but at what cost? Is it worth it? The title of this video is fitting.

  • Dr Seethe
    Dr Seethe   2 weeks ago

    Yeah but are we forgetting about where that money is actually going and not to legitimate research and innovation

  • morzh1978
    morzh1978   2 weeks ago

    3:50 - Not anymore. The worst thing you can get in that Wild West is an education, scientific degree is the worst of the worst. "You are OVERQUALIFIED!" - a pseudo-employer would constantly tell you, thus rendering you unemployable till the very end of your now miserable life.