24099Re: [evol-psych] Re: Suicide terrorism revisited
- Apr 1, 2003From: "Jeremy Bowman" <bowman@...>
> -- OK, in that case I'll have to weaken my original claim. I accept thatBy now, there have been several explanations, and I'll try to summarize them in
> there isn't a strict connection between suicide and benefit to siblings, in
> the sense that not every suicide actually benefits kin. But I'd maintain
> that suicidal behaviour among the childless was probably selected for
> because of benefit to siblings (and other close kin).
- Mental plasticity allows us to accept both fitness-increasing memes and
fitness-decreasing memes (ideology, religion)
- Obedience (authority)
- Retaliatiative behavior (anger)
- (in the context of war): In the past, soldiers on one side were usually kin.
Selfless behavior for the best of the team is fitness-increasing, if the team is
kin (esprit de corps, denial of danger)
- Rational cost-benefit calculations (for which we have seen a lot of evidence
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