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56152Re: [evol-psych] Warfare as suicide

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  • Edgar Owen
    Aug 2, 2007

      Well I think the answer to that is rather simple. If they refuse to go to war they will be imprisoned at the very least. As a soldier, if they refuse to advance from the trenches they will be shot by their own compatriots. It is a matter of certainly dying now or even though they will be dying a little later with high probability. Essentially it is brute force pure and simple that forces them to 'commit suicide'.


      On Aug 1, 2007, at 12:35 PM, Irwin Silverman wrote:

      On Wed, 1 Aug 2007, Edgar Owen wrote:

      > They die because they are sent there either by force (draftees) or
      > brainwashing.

      The question is what evolutionary advantage is being served by a
      cognitive mechanism which renders individuals so susceptible to the will
      of a leader?

      Irwin Silverman, Ph.D.
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      York University
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