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January 5, 2014

High Society

We may well be social animals but our habitats are changing, and we haven’t yet adapted to them..... “Our moral brains evolved for co-operation within groups”, he says, but they “did not evolve for co-operation between groups”. The social animal - FT.com

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 5, 2014 11:53 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

Your Say

Well I'm about the least sociable person there could possibly be, except when I'm not, then I'm societies envy extraordinaire. The problem is that I can barely tolerate anyone any more and that's because most people are intolerable. Or so it seems. Fortunately most people I meet in person are not like most people I meet online, otherwise I'd never leave my property. Regardless, I'm not a necessary people person, I'm perfectly content on my own and life is rarely boring.

Posted by: ghostsniper at January 6, 2014 8:39 AM

Evolutionary scientists and people who know little about science but are damn sure evolution explains everything are big on a priori arguments. They look at something, presume evolution must have caused this result, then go back and try to find some way that came about. Often, they don't even try, they just assert it based on this presumption:

1: Everything evolved
2: people are a certain way
3: they evolved to be that way.


Everything evolved
People are social
people evolved to be social.

If people aren't a certain way, then the opposite is asserted. That's how they approach everything. The recent global warming arguments follow the same pattern.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at January 6, 2014 9:00 AM

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