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What drives human warfare and how has modern warfare impacted nature?


Modern human warfare is becoming an increasingly complicated affair and the technology of armaments increasingly destructive. Warfare is ubiquitous in the natural world however the nature of modern human warfare does not appear to exhibit current known evolutionary mechanisms such as groupings of unrelated individuals and an arms race involving social dynamics. 3,104 more words


A Lament on Simler Et Al

I read Kevin Simler’sThe Leaning Tower of Morality the other day. It’s a good article, but something about it bothered me. It bothered me more than it would have if someone else had written it, because Simler is usually so good and insightful. 2,965 more words


For 4/26: Altruism & Group Selection

So far as we’ve seen, selection favors traits beneficial to the individual. In that case, how did altruism evolve? The concept of group selection offers a compelling perspective… 139 more words

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Killing for the Community: The evolution of homicidal self-sacrifice

Suicide Mission: March 8, 2016

At five o’clock in the evening, Fouad Tamimi turned his motorcycle east onto Sultan Suleiman Street on the north side of Jerusalem’s Old City, ready to die. 3,995 more words