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Almost every inch of the globe is partitioned into exclusive and bounded spaces that “belong” to specific groups of humans. Any that is not—such as Kashmir, Jerusalem, and the South China Sea—remains hotly contested. Throughout history, territory has led to recurrent and severe conflict. States are prepared to go to war, and individuals are prepared to die, even over land with little intrinsic value. >>Read More
Post: April 1, 2014 8:32 pm, Source: International Security  Comments (0) Views (2302)
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States that treat their core territories as sacred and are willing to escalate conflict to defend them persist in the international arena, while states that treat their core territory in a rational manner are gradually eliminated. As a result, we have what might be called as coevolution of geopolitics and sacred value. Geopolitical assets become sacred values. >>Read More
Post: March 26, 2014 3:06 am, Source: Social Evolution Forum  Comments (2) Views (6367)
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Liberals and conservatives: It often seems as if the two ideologies live in different worlds. Maybe they do, or maybe they're just seeing two different worlds, and maybe that's why arguing often seems pointless: it is biology-based, trying to argue someone out of their worldview is like trying to argue them out of their skin. >>Read More
Post: March 18, 2014 1:07 am, Source: Washington Monthly  Comments (0) Views (3387)
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Post: March 2, 2014 3:34 pm, Source: New Scientist and PLOS ONE  Comments (0) Views (1165)
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We may be naturally violent, but we are also predisposed to cooperation and altruism - under certain circumstances. The human propensity for lethal violence against "out-group" members has deep evolutionary roots. But human cooperation, even more necessary than war for survival, has evolutionary roots as deep as those of human conflict. >>Read More
Post: February 20, 2014 2:10 am, Source: L.A. Times  Comments (0) Views (1097)
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Post: January 28, 2014 11:40 pm, Source: LA Times  Comments (0) Views (1319)
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Post: January 28, 2014 2:46 am, Source: Mother Jones  Comments (0) Views (467)

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