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Luke Burgis - Mimesis, Scapegoats, and Revolutions

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Luke Burg is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Director of Programs at the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship. We talk about his book "Wanting: The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life".

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Timestamps:

(0:00:00) - Introduction

(0:00:52) - Why do human beings seem to be so concerned with what other people want and why they are conformist?

(0:04:17) - The functional value of sacrificing

(0:16:21) - Is mimetic theory falsifiable?

(0:28:06) - Why do some institutions rub out the differences between people and why do some accentuate them?

(0:37:22) - Why sacrifice doesn't work well in the modern world?

(0:45:54) - Naming our immediate models positive and negative is an important sort of exercise and awareness to do

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