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The Goodness Paradox: The Strange Relationship Between Virtue and Violence in Human Evolution characters ô 109 Million years humankind became an increasingly peaceful species in daily interactions even as its capacity for coolly planned and devastating violence remains undiminished In tracing the evolutionary histories of reactive and proactive aggression biological anthropologist Richard Wrangham forcefully and persuasively argues for the necessity of social tolerance and the control of savage divisiveness still haunting us toda. Richard Wrangham is a soulful and feminist evolutionary anthropologist This book puts together insights from a lifetime of studying chimpanzees bonobos and humans observing the normative aggression especially of males toward females His Demonic Males and Sexual Coercion in Humans and Primates made clear that men who beat women are following an agenda that goes far back into evolutionary history Domestic violence is intended to maintain power rather than because of low self esteem from being unloving This is important because women often return to their abuser hoping that their love will change himIn his new book Wrangham grapples with a fundamental uestions about human nature are we basically good or evil He concludes that we both one of the most altruistic and the most evil species because of different selection pressures on aggression within one s group and between groups Wrangham is an evocative story teller and this book is a page turner This is a radical and well supported view that should change how we see ourselves and our societies Manga Workshop Characters: How to Draw and Color Faces and Figures peaceful species in daily interactions even as its capacity for coolly Samenleving ter discussie: Inleiding in de sociale filosofie planned and devastating violence remains undiminished In tracing the evolutionary histories of reactive and The Meat Market Jonathan Harkon Adventures #1 proactive aggression biological anthropologist Richard Wrangham forcefully and Zelia persuasively argues for the necessity of social tolerance and the control of savage divisiveness still haunting us toda. Richard Wrangham is a soulful and feminist evolutionary anthropologist This book Human Milking Farm The Milking Breeding Farm #1 4 puts together insights from a lifetime of studying chimpanzees bonobos and humans observing the normative aggression especially of males toward females His Demonic Males and Sexual Coercion in Humans and Primates made clear that men who beat women are following an agenda that goes far back into evolutionary history Domestic violence is intended to maintain The Futures pressures on aggression within one s group and between groups Wrangham is an evocative story teller and this book is a Ramakatha and Other Essays page turner This is a radical and well supported view that should change how we see ourselves and our societies

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The Goodness Paradox: The Strange Relationship Between Virtue and Violence in Human Evolution characters ô 109 A fascinating new analysis of human violence filled with fresh ideas and gripping evidence from our primate cousins historical forebears and contemporary neighborsSteven Pinker author of The Better Angels of Our NatureWe Homo sapiens can be the nicest of species and also the nastiest What occurred during human evolution to account for this paradox What are the two kinds of aggression that primates are prone to and why di. The paradox is that people can be incredibly peaceful and incredibly violent sometimes the same people at different times Wrangham notes the case of Scandinavia from medieval Vikings to modern super peaceful and orderly societies and Rwanda from peace to killing 10% of the population in 100 days and then back to peace Wrangham s explanation is that good and evil come in part from the same thing the human ability to form coalitions to use violence to stop violence He is an expert on chimpanzee aggression Chimps are far aggressive against their own kind than humans or almost any other animal for that matter Why are humans different Wrangham draws on a vast amount of ethnography to show that human societies routinely execute extremely bad actors though he argues strongly that the death penalty has served its purpose and should be abandoned now I am familiar with the ethnographic sources and can confirm that most societies handle psychopaths and similar bad actors in a pretty final way though often only when they have done a lot of damage Common is a story in which four men go out hunting three come back and no one asks any uestions The problems with this as an explanation for human nonviolence are that 1 killing the violent is also violent so just keeps the ball rolling 2 the violent people often leave a lot of children before being rubbed out and 3 Wrangham carefully and correctly notes that nonconformists are at least as likely to be executed as violent persons leading to conformity rather than peace often it s the evilly violent that kill the meek mild nonconformists as in the Salem witch trials which he mentions Thus as a full explanation of human cooperation and nonviolence execution does not make the grade However combined with other selective forces that made us and social and cooperative over time it seems a valuable thing to emphasizeWrangham sees us as self domesticated To me as a specialist in ethnobiology including domestication and the origins of agriculture domestication refers to deliberate selection by humans changing the genetics of the species in uestion from anything natural By this standard humans are somewhat domesticated but not up there with dogs Wrangham in a particularly good discussion of domestication notes that domestication routinely produces floppy ears white spots and other characteristic features we do not have we do however have rather tame behavior short jaws and crowded teeth round smooth skulls and other standard physical seuelae of domestication And our behavior is tranuil than a chimp s but far less tranuil than a dog s or sheep s So we are a bit domestic but not fully domesticatedAs someone with fair knowledge of such matters I find this book both underestimates and overestimates human violence Wrangham has not dealt with the full level of horror that hatred can bring about in genocide and war or with the constant low level nastiness spitefulness and malignancy that feed into individual violence and murder On the other hand he has not dealt adeuately with the levels of civility and peace that some societies maintain The result of this is that he thinks in terms of average societies especially the traditional ones in which murder and local war are common than in most modern states This allows him to reduce the problem to one of violence handled by violent coalitions and thus to a genetically guided highly biological process The reality is that humans swing dramatically from insane outbreaks of murder to total peace my wife and I have studied this in Rwanda and Cambodia Simple biology cannot explain this we have to look at other factors both innate and learned In particular we need to look much at the cultural construction of the fight flight freeze response innate in all higher animals Wrangham has made a good start but psychology and cultural anthropology will have to weigh in to bring this start to fruition Dermatologie: L'essentiel (Hors collection) (French Edition) primate cousins historical forebears and contemporary neighborsSteven Pinker author of The Better Angels of Our NatureWe Homo sapiens can be the nicest of species and also the nastiest What occurred during human evolution to account for this The First Last Kiss paradox What are the two kinds of aggression that Geoffrey Madan's Notebooks A Selection Oxford Paperback Reference primates are Not a fuckin romance prone to and why di. 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The Goodness Paradox: The Strange Relationship Between Virtue and Violence in Human Evolution characters ô 109 D each evolve separately How does the intensity of violence among humans compare with the aggressive behavior of other primates How did humans domesticate themselves And how were the acuisition of language and the practice of capital punishment determining factors in the rise of culture and civilizationAuthoritative provocative and engaging The Goodness Paradox offers a startlingly original theory of how in the last 250. I gave this book 4 stars because I admire the author s ambitious efforts to use an evolutionary perspective to tackle fundamental uestions about human behavior from the beginnings of our species to modern societies The Goodness Paradox of the title refers to humans inherent tendencies to behave in cooperative and sometimes very altruistic ways vs participating in organized forms of violence toward others outside their communities Recorded human history has seen almost incessant warfare in various forms and even most hunter gatherer communities seem to also have engaged in high levels of warfare On the other hand we have advanced our culture and knowledge while generally controlling criminal and anti social activities Professor Wrangham explains this paradox with an innovative Self Domestication theory As I understand this humans first emerged 300000 years ago in Africa as a separate species euipped with the ability unlike chimpanzees to co exist and cooperate with low levels of aggression within tribal groups while able to be effective hunters and killers of animals and competitors Various means were used to control anti social behavior most notably killing the most aggressive offenders within the group or tribe However this theory leaves me unconvinced because some important uestions remain unanswered1 Why did it take Homo sapiens 250000 years to be able to travel out of Africa and to colonize the world while successfully competing against other human species Neanderthals who were larger stronger and better adapted to colder climates Evolution must have provided modern humans perhaps at several points in time with important improved intellectual abilities involving language and cognitive skills Do we know with any certainty how these biological advances affected human behavior including cooperation and violence2 If we are inherently less aggressive within our own communities because of 300000 years of self domestication then why do most modern societies need a heavily armed police force plus extensive laws criminal justice systems Capital punishment has been used freuently in human history until the last century to punish violent criminals but we still have violent crime today As a thought experiment imagine what would happen if our police force went on strike for a month3 Even if we accept the premise that humans are less aggressive within their own communities does this really matter if we continue killing each other in wars without end The author s visit to Auschwitz is described at the end of the book as he contemplates the horrors of WW2 Are we really confident that this scale of killing will not happen againDespite my uestions about his theory I think that the author does offer an important message that we do have free will and choices about our behavior and that we need to make conscious efforts as a society to reduce organized violence I hope that this book will help in this cause

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  • Richard Wrangham
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  • 01 April 2018
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