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Genetics, environment, and warfare

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“Statistically, it is more common for humans to be cooperative and to attempt to get along than it is for them to be uncooperative and aggressive towards one another,” he [anthropologist Robert Sussman] says. And he is not alone in this view. A growing number of experts are now arguing that the urge to wage war is not innate, and that humanity is already moving in a direction that could make war a thing of the past.

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3 Comments

  1. Rob says:

    Yet perhaps, if Cormac McCarthy’s colleague at the Santa Fe Institute is right, this development is owing to — war:

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17255-ancient-warfare-fighting-for-the-greater-good.html

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  2. Rob says:

    And then, of course, even if such a suspiciously optimistic (if that’s not a redundant phrase) prognosis were true, there are other ineradicable features of our (and the rest of animate) nature we can fall back upon for self-destruction:

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17569-consumerism-is-eating-the-future.html?full=true&print=true

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  3. Rob says:

    Horgan has another piece on this topic at Slate:

    http://www.slate.com/id/2224275/

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