Thursday, January 15, 2004

Apes of War

"They had ripped his trachea out, they had removed his testicles, they had torn off toenails and fingernails. It was clear that some of the males had held him down, while the others attacked."

A busy day at work for Saddam's henchmen? No, our closest relative - the chimpanzee.

Apes of war... is it in our genes?

The problem with the Noble Savage Myth is that it is just not true. Hunter Gatherers waged war on a scale that on a population basis was more lethal than Europe last century.


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