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The DTPHD Podcast by David Tian, Ph.D.

Jul 15, 2019

"Good vs. Evil, Light vs. Dark Triad: The Evolution of Morality" was part of a full-day seminar I gave at the Intercontinental Resort Bali on 1 June 2019. In this keynote talk to a group of private coaching clients, I give my personal perspective on the age-old question of "Why be moral?" informed by evolutionary psychology, Asian and Western philosophy, clinical psychology, and life experience. The talk begins with an examination of the Light Triad scale proposed by Scott Barry Kaufman as a counterpoint to the Dark Triad. I then argue that we experience the most enjoyable and meaningful benefits of life in direct proportion to our moral goodness and in inverse proportion to the extent of our Dark Triad traits.


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Good v. Evil, Light v. Dark Triad, PUAs & Red Pill: Morality in the Survival of the Fittest Shownotes

0:06 Introduction to the Dark Triad

5:04 Is relativism the enemy of morality?

11:09 What is moral relativism?

17:05 What’s good? What’s evil?

23:08 How the “death of God” is related to the survival of the fittest

28:55 Does significance and achievement make you better?

34:21 How to ground ethics properly

39:10 Why should we be good?

43:14 This is responsible for the popularization of moral relativism

48:22 Why a lot of men like the Dark Triad

53:52 If you have these traits, you won’t trust other people

58:32 The desirable positive measures that Dark Triad types don’t get to experience

1:03:08 What makes life worth living

1:08:13 What leads to happiness?

1:14:10 How to solve your deeper problems

1:18:46 What happens when there’s no objective morality?

1:22:26 This happens when you pursue goodness

1:27:03 Is human nature good or bad?

1:30:50 Is there a connection between goodness and happiness?

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