Society

Society track of The Goa Project 2016

A society is a group of people involved in persistent social interaction, or a large social grouping sharing the same geographical or social territory, typically subject to the same political authority and dominant cultural expectations. Societies are characterised by patterns of relationships (social relations) between individuals who share a distinctive culture and institutions; a given society may be described as the sum total of such relationships among its constituent members. In the social sciences, a larger society often evinces stratification or dominance patterns in subgroups

  • Social Media and Technology: How are these two affecting societal situations today, and how are we leveraging them to stimulate change in untapped areas.

  • Stories of Social impact: The rising tide of social entrepreneurship. Social impact projects at scale and at the grassroots.

  • Patterns of relationships between subgroups of society: How cultural expectations affect our approach to politics, civil sense, and how we go about daily life.

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Anish V

@anishv

Influence of Cheating on Human Culture & Relationships

Submitted Jan 7, 2016

To gain perspective about personal and societal behaviours that may have never been questioned or if questioned, not understood and which stem from the natural behaviour of sexual infidelity.

Outline

Sexual Selection is a huge factor in the evolution of species. Active sexual selection propogates characteristics like the Peacock’s feathers, competition amongst males during mating season, etc.

But sexual selection and the raising of progeny is a complex affair. What if a male that has fought for the right to mate with a female and works hard for his progeny, eventually finds out the progeny was someone else’s? What if a female gets pregnant by a male, and then realises this male has no interest in taking care of her during her most vulnerable days of pregnancy and hence she and the progeny may never survive?

Thus starts the dance of controlling sexuality of the female and controlling behaviour of the male, across species. Humans do this through relationships, societal norms, rituals and emotional manipulation.

In fact, humans are built to cheat on their partners. We are not naturally monogamous, only legally so. Learning more about this, only makes sense!

Requirements

Open mind.

Speaker bio

I have done my Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Sociology. I am always on the lookout to learn why we are the way we are. I teach Psychology and Advertising at the undergraduate level under Mumbai University. The mix of these two subjects is a highly manipulative minefield that lets you tap into the basest of human instincts, drives and behaviours - elements so base, you wouldn’t believe you live according to them and not your own conscious decisions.

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The Goa Project Funnel The Goa Project is an unconference - where unlike a typical conference, the talks are not put together by a panel or knowledge partner - but is proposed by the attendees themselves. You propose a session or talk that might be of interest to the audience at the unconference, a… more