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Judith Hand, evolution, war

August 1st, 2012 · No Comments

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judith_Hand#Nonfiction:_Arguments_on_the_Evolution_of_War_vs._the_Evolution_of_Peace
http://www.afww.org/

yahoo mail: human ethology group:

Hand is a social activist committed to the abolition of war. Her argument for the ability of humans to achieve this goal is developed in Women, Power, and the Biology of Peace[1] and her website.[2] Her argument rests on several controversial premises: 1) that while the roots of war do lie in aspects of male biology, war itself is not an inherited and therefore inescapable feature of human behavior, but instead is primarily the result of cultural factors

I’m curious what Hand’s arguments are that war itself is not an inherited and therefore inescapable feature of human behavior, but instead is primarily the result of cultural factors. What cultural factors? Arguably ever since Homo Sapiens have existed there has been war – from hunter gatherer times to the present. Personally, I consider Hand’s position to be naive. I’m all for including women
in decision-making or conflict-resolving situations but I wonder about female aggression – is that a subject Hand touches upon?

Michael Ragland

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