[ExI] Human Warfare is learned behaviour - not evolutionary

Bill Hibbard hibbard at wisc.edu
Thu Aug 20 16:51:51 UTC 2020

I'm skeptical. Early humns needed a strong motive to leave
Africa, where food was plentiful, and travel across and to
much more difficult environments (deserts, the artic).

I believe the motive to migrate was to escape warfare,
especially raids between villages to capture women. I read
one anthropologist who estimated that primitive men who
killed had, on average, three times as many children as men
who did not kill. I believe warfare exists among chimps.

> Humans aren?t inherently selfish ? we?re actually hardwired to work together
> August 20, 2020
> Author  Steve Taylor
> Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Leeds Beckett University
> <https://theconversation.com/humans-arent-inherently-selfish-were-actually-hardwired-to-work-together-144145>
> Quotes:
> According to some estimates, around 15,000 years ago, the population
> of Europe was only 29,000, and the population of the whole world was
> less than half a million. With such small population densities, it
> seems unlikely that prehistoric hunter-gatherer groups had to compete
> against each other or had any need to develop ruthlessness and
> competitiveness, or to go to war.

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