56200Re: [evol-psych] Warfare as suicide
- Aug 3, 2007On Thu, 2 Aug 2007, Phil Roberts, Jr. wrote:
> In this view, the moral ideals that underlie most humanI'm with you on the need to identify with something larger than
> conflict is not so much an adaptation as a
> maladaptive byproduct of the evolution of rationality.
> Is this pretty much a non-starter as far as
> you are concerned?
self. I am a great fan of Erik Erikson's analysis of the travails of
adolescence in these terms. I don't go along, however, with the
"maladaptive byproduct" notion. Our so-called moral ideals are a large
part of our politics and competitive nature. E.O. Wilson put it this way:
" Human beings are consistent in their codes of honor, but
endlessly fickle with reference to whom the codes apply. The genius of human
sociality, in fact, is the ease with which alliances are formed, broken
and reconstituted, always with strong emotional appeals to rules believed
to be absolute (On Human Nature, 1978, p.163)"
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