The Social Business Model
"Social media changes everything."
Humans are social animals.
Two hundred years ago, before multinational corporations had formed, business almost always took place face-to-face between buyer and seller. Through the power of advertising, mass media, global distribution, coupled with big-box retailing — people learned to happily hand their cash over to complete strangers on the sole authority of a brand. The trend continued and consumers became ever more distant from retailers until, through online purchases, almost total impersonality became possible.
The Social Media Mind
Arguably, we should not need to do anything new in order to use social media correctly. The very words, “social” and “media” have been part of what we intuitively do as people and businesses for so long that the very suggestion that we should need some kind of ‘training’ in order to properly use social media, sounds ridiculous.
Narrative Response to
Reading about Natural Morality
upon reading the book: Natural Ethical Facts: Evolution, Connectionism, and Moral Cognition by William D. Casebeer
By Meg Tufano
Three Disciplines Leading To a Normative Moral Theory
Dr. Casebeer’s book concerns the juncture where evolutionary biologists, cognitive scientists and philosophers meet. He writes, “Showing how there can be useful interactions between science and ethics is the critical issue facing the sciences.” (Casebeer, 2005, p. 1) He would like to see research that relates the recent findings in cognitive sciences to moral philosophy, period; but he would especially like to get a relationship going to normative moral theory (that is, to moral theory that does not rely on anything metaphysical). He argues that the benefits would go in both directions were they to be developed, there would be a grounding for how the understanding of new cognitive research does not have to lead to a moral vacuum (such as, for example, I think might appear to be the case in Dr. Eagleman’s findings on neural circuitry which imply there is no personally-responsible moral agency whatsoever 1); but also would give an empirical lift to moral decision-making: a particular choice of action is not only the right thing to do, but it has been proven to be the right thing to do by demonstrable facts and is not just right because, for example, “The Bible tells me so.”
Moreover, he adds that such an ethic could be a huge help in general character-development, something my intuition tells me that Dr. Casebeer is implying might be helpful to our country since we cannot teach religion in public schools.
An empirical moral theory perhaps would not cause a political or religious blowback and long-term might even prevent some of the peculiarly inane and brazen immoral behavior we have come to take for granted lately even in our leaders (such as, for one of many examples, in the headlines about Congressmen).
The Nature of Networks
"How Social Networks and Neural Networks work Similarly... Fascinating to see Parallel Systems in Nature and Social Networks."
by Meg Tufano
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