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How humans could end war

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Winning the ultimate battle: How humans could end war – science-in-society – 07 July 2009 – New Scientist

…findings about violence among our ancestors and primate cousins have perpetuated what anthropologist Robert Sussman from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, calls the “5 o’clock news” view of human nature. Just as evening news shows follow the dictum “if it bleeds, it leads”, so many accounts of human behaviour emphasise conflict. However, Sussman believes the popular focus on violence and warfare is disproportionate. “Statistically, it is more common for humans to be cooperative and to attempt to get along than it is for them to be uncooperative and aggressive towards one another,” he says. And he is not alone in this view.

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Author: Bill

Birder, cat-lover, pilot, poet. Former lounge lizard, pauper, pagan, lifeguard, chauffeur,cop and martial artist, turned pacifist addiction writer. Tries to be a good husband, father and brother, and makes a decent friend. Likes to take pictures. Stumbling down the Middle Path, one day at a time.

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  1. A propos: Did you happen to catch the op-ed piece by Issey Miyake in yesterday’s New York Times. Such a moving memory of Hiroshima, and appeal to Obama…

    I had not, Peter. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. For anyone else interested, it is at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/14/opinion/14miyake.html?_r=2&scp=1&sq=miyake&st=cse

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