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

  • Published: 18 March 2018
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    • If not Why not
      If not Why not  1 weeks back

      Demand=Supply so if people could demand more pie people r gonna supply it if thynr not selfish period.

    • redsprite81
      redsprite81  4 weeks back

      Natural resources are limited, and so is „growth“

    • Lemon Squeezy
      Lemon Squeezy  2 months back

      Extremely naive to believe humans and their technological advancements have achieved a sustainable “positive sum game”,

      This is an illusion. A fiction like the economic bubbles stock markets create.

      Go ahead and operate like we live in a positive sum world and watch as billions of people are displaced as human induced climate change destroys human habitats on a global scale over the coming decades.

      But I’m sure the future generations in the future positive sum world will have the ingenuity and resources to solve the problem....in the future.

    • Dead Tech
      Dead Tech  2 months back

      love ur vids

    • DJaz Gaming
      DJaz Gaming  2 months back

      These videos are therapy.

  • Donald McIntyre
    Donald McIntyre  14 hours back

    This is a tremendously stupid and ignorant video and argument.

    It is misusing "selfishness" as a proxy for transfer of wealth from some sectors to others without proper incentive structures.

    The argument of selfishness as a driver of cooperation has todo with symmetry, the cost of extracting value from others thru violence, therefore the higher evolutionary payoff of cooperation. Without a tangible payoff (economic or genetic), forced or one way cooperation thru wealth transfers and investment without tangible returns is not incentive compatible. Therefore, actually deteriorates economic output.

    Pls learn about evolutionary game theory before making ignorant 'hope and kindness' based videos.

    • João Paulo R.
      João Paulo R.  1 days back

      Basically help others to help yourself.
      A very, very good argument, and It is my Idea of living: i help every person i think might be helpful to me in the future. I know it is selfish but would you really go out of your way just to help someone you never met before and probably never will meet again? I know some ppl would, but thats my point. Helping people blindly isnt the very good thing its made out to be. If you think about It, you should actually focus on helping people that are close to you and will be able to help you in the future.

      • Landon Burnett
        Landon Burnett  1 days back

        i’m not gonna lie is it cure for cancer one wasn’t about funding it’s about how much we don’t know about cancer just like the black death when it hit ancient Athens in the Peloponnesian war they didn’t know anything about it or a cure they funded towards it it doesn’t matter how many people fun toward something at depends on how much we know about it we can find as much as we want but that doesn’t mean we know how to fix it 😏 I just outsmarted the smartest

        • Scott Benedict
          Scott Benedict  1 days back

          No to globalism. Nice try.

          • Scott Benedict
            Scott Benedict  1 days back

            Topic: how an unyielding socialist government, large in size and scope, will stymie innovation. Begin.

            • Joey Abbadessa
              Joey Abbadessa  2 days back

              Zero sum world: exists
              Communism: allow us to introduce ourselves

              • aaron bacchus
                aaron bacchus  3 days back

                Is this video an arguement aganist nationalism?

                • Prajwal Singh
                  Prajwal Singh  3 days back

                  The problem is, when supply increases, the want for profit increases too. So, if somebody makes one pie, to have a profit, they will sell it, instead of just distributing it. If there were a precisely fixed cost for everything, then nobody would have a profit, and it is in human DNA to have more. As long as people want profit, instead of seeing the bigger picture, the world will never be the way in the video.

                  • Shirley Wang
                    Shirley Wang  3 days back

                    Interesting argument. Several things to pay attention to: first, people's suicidal rates and psychological states don't seem to get better. Also, people's tendency to compare themselves to others and 'envy' might also aggravate.

                    • Nathan Lucas
                      Nathan Lucas  4 days back

                      if i show this video to someone in brazil they'll call me a comunist /sad

                      • chris sondrita
                        chris sondrita  4 days back

                        Easier said than done

                        • chris sondrita
                          chris sondrita  4 days back

                          Easier said than done

                          • Rafael Yokoo
                            Rafael Yokoo  4 days back

                            Hahahha i guess we all evolved, so as i said that i will call us homo Shoiti hahahah

                            • shawn bla
                              shawn bla  5 days back

                              Dying is easier than feeding the wealthy people

                              • shawn bla
                                shawn bla  3 days back

                                @I Like YouTube. They make money on our hope and anxiety 😂

                              • I Like YouTube.
                                I Like YouTube.  3 days back

                                The thing wrong with this world is the rich just gets richer and the poor just stays poor instead of the other way round that's why I think the world will always be unfair as u said it might be better dying then feeding the elite tho.

                            • Cosmic Potato
                              Cosmic Potato  6 days back

                              So what’s a Negative Sum Game?

                              Nihilism and Depression probably but still interesting

                              • Milton Roy
                                Milton Roy  6 days back

                                Its the politics that screw everything up.

                                • bisi kuku
                                  bisi kuku  6 days back

                                  how to make the end of this video
                                  1.make a big cake
                                  2.put birds
                                  3.make a guy pop out at the end

                                  • 초록연기
                                    초록연기  7 days back


                                    • cool stuff with amulya

                                      But if you think a bit more in depth you'll understand that we are killing thousands of birds by using cell phones or smart phones, decreasing the forest which leads to decrease of shelter for poor animals, loss of oxygen, loss of honey, loss of rain.🤔🤔🤔🤔

                                      • Anvith Shetty
                                        Anvith Shetty  7 days back

                                        Ill promise to try doing my part as soon as I start earning money.

                                        • tre luglio
                                          tre luglio  7 days back

                                          Not gonna happened. Developing world is too corrupt, too lazy, and blame everything to developed country.

                                          • I Like YouTube.
                                            I Like YouTube.  3 days back

                                            Well said its just that in a nutshell that's stopping the world prospering into a nice world that we all can be happy with but as u stayed corruption is not gonna let that happen tho which is absurd but what can I do about that.

                                          • Erevos the Dark God
                                            Erevos the Dark God  6 days back

                                            there is something called dependence theory.. better search it up instead of being racist by blaiming the people who live in developing world as if it is exclusively their fault..

                                        • Unofficial CallMeCarson Advertiser

                                          Man, this called *communism*
                                          As someone who is hoping the world to be communistic in the future, we hope that these innovations will help us to produce N amount of items from the N amount of energy and abilities
                                          But to be honest, right now it's not very good to be a communist

                                          • I Like YouTube.
                                            I Like YouTube.  3 days back

                                            I guess its Ying Yang philosophy

                                          • Xternalz .-.
                                            Xternalz .-.  5 days back

                                            Unofficial CallMeCarson Advertiser commie alert commie alert Obama help us it’s a commie aaaaaaaaaaa

                                        • Michael Hartman
                                          Michael Hartman  7 days back

                                          Good program, and food for thought. That said. If the Industrial Revolution eliminated the zero sum wealth game then why was the 20th century preoccupied with conquest? The Cold War might have been ideological, but land grabbing was still involved. This continues with China in the South China Sea. I believe this will intensify, smaller countries may feel a need to take sides, and either a second Cold War, proxy wars, or serious conflict is in the future. Here we have helped another body, it became strong, and rose to threaten us. Will the zero sum game, or at least it's mentality ever leave?

                                          • PhrozenFox
                                            PhrozenFox  7 days back

                                            The reason I'm against helping poorer countries is that they either are too under educated to use the resources, or they sell the stuff they don't need for basic needs, or they fight over it.

                                            It's really tough to just say this, but I think the only reason to get into the space age is to cut off our dead limbs.

                                            • Kadan Gustafson
                                              Kadan Gustafson  1 weeks back

                                              this is lowkey just an argument for worldwide socialism

                                              • Michael R. Yyc
                                                Michael R. Yyc  1 weeks back

                                                It seems that China is helping us to make a bigger pie…but still there're people who want to make China their enemy…why…

                                                • Ayaan Khan
                                                  Ayaan Khan  1 weeks back

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                                                  • sathish Kumar
                                                    sathish Kumar  1 weeks back

                                                    Content 20%
                                                    Animation 80% ❤❤😅

                                                    • Caco Carvalhaes
                                                      Caco Carvalhaes  1 weeks back

                                                      Como eu adoro este canal. Obrigado aos tradutores, inclusive!

                                                      • Anime Devil
                                                        Anime Devil  1 weeks back

                                                        0:54 AAAAAAAAAH

                                                        • Stop beingstupid
                                                          Stop beingstupid  1 weeks back

                                                          there is cure that nobody knows

                                                          • GrénnesMann
                                                            GrénnesMann  1 weeks back

                                                            Anthropocentric myopia.

                                                            • medexamtoolsdotcom
                                                              medexamtoolsdotcom  1 weeks back

                                                              This is a faulty ideology, like the perfection of the invisible hand. For proof, look at India. What has india done when they prospered? They call the rest of the world in large numbers claiming to be from microsoft technical support. That's what happens when they prosper. What's good for them is not good for the rest of the world all the time.

                                                              • iloveplayingpr
                                                                iloveplayingpr  1 weeks back

                                                                One of the problem with this Solution is that not all of the people are interested in the benefit of others and will just take and will never give in return.

                                                                • If not Why not
                                                                  If not Why not  2 weeks back

                                                                  Best kurzgesagt video yet hands down.

                                                                  • Mister Titus
                                                                    Mister Titus  2 weeks back

                                                                    Sounds very wishy washy, but I do agree overall that the more people are better off, the more likely I am to be better off too.
                                                                    Problem with all of this, is that it's all a hopeful "what-if?". There is also a good enough chance that people will be negligent, or worse, aggressive when they become better off. I think everyone should stick to bettering themselves while also not actively seeking to halt the advance of others.

                                                                    • Ragavi Ragavendra
                                                                      Ragavi Ragavendra  2 weeks back

                                                                      Old people: YouTube just makes you lazy....

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                                                                      • Dinesh
                                                                        Dinesh  2 weeks back

                                                                        0:34 that poor bird is so me!

                                                                        • Vance Biondo
                                                                          Vance Biondo  2 weeks back

                                                                          Than can you exsplain why.. YOU WANT ME DEAD?

                                                                          • s j
                                                                            s j  2 weeks back

                                                                            If everyone thinks in himself it is in everyone thought.

                                                                            • Vance Biondo
                                                                              Vance Biondo  2 weeks back

                                                                              According to who? From who's perspective .the non elites? . The peoples. Or somone who desires. full control as an.. individual. A question for the inner self who knows motive who says better place. Only they know the truth👌😉 right

                                                                              • raymond glover
                                                                                raymond glover  2 weeks back

                                                                                0:54 AW YEAH! Nice to see you’ve added the willhelm scream!

                                                                                • Jarrod Yuki
                                                                                  Jarrod Yuki  2 weeks back

                                                                                  well good, maybe the world needs more autocrats then.

                                                                                  • Crystal
                                                                                    Crystal  2 weeks back

                                                                                    That phone charger though.. 😌

                                                                                    • Gabriel Rolszt
                                                                                      Gabriel Rolszt  2 weeks back

                                                                                      If Ronald Reagan's foreign policy knew that the world would be a better place.

                                                                                      • djguro
                                                                                        djguro  2 weeks back

                                                                                        Say this to Putin. ;)

                                                                                        • Wayne Payne98
                                                                                          Wayne Payne98  2 weeks back

                                                                                          White people trying to fix third world countries with handouts doesn't fix anything. You can't force people to develop.