[extropy-chat] 300 and the Gates of Fire
hkhenson at rogers.com
Sun Mar 11 02:31:08 UTC 2007
At 10:59 PM 3/10/2007 +0100, you wrote:
>I said (before checking properly):
> >That might not be the truth, however (according to another source).
> >Leonidas might have chosen the particular 300 because of the _mothers_
> >of the 300 ... :-)
>..sorry there's more, not only the mothers. The wives, the sisters.
>Leonidas might have chosen those 300 for the particular women relatives
>of those 300. Perhaps that still fits your theory, however, I think
>that the emphasis changes for the way that he wished his culture
Although "culture" might map to tribe or band, evolution is presumed to
shape psychological traits toward those that promote genetic
survival. That means (where personal survival is contraindicated) taking
horrible risks or dying so that relatives carrying copies of your genes
Human psychological traits of this sort were shaped when we lived in little
hunter gatherer bands with high average relatedness. The evolution of such
human psychological traits since the start of agriculture 10k years ago is
expected to be small considering the millions of years our ancestors lived
in hunter gatherer bands.
This is not my theory, but a fundamental statement of evolutionary psychology.
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