Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Why We Don't Stop Warring, II

Here's a story about a chimp in a zoo who collected an arsenal of rocks to throw at people at a later time. It's a clear demonstration of inventiveness and planning ahead.

How can we expect our species to eschew warring when it's clear that we evolved from millions of species which survived to procreate by preying on their own kind and others, and with the knowledge that our closest relative in the primate world knows how to plan ahead for attacking others?

The large brain is a failure if viewed from a moral standpoint, and a huge success if viewed from a predator/prey standpoint. The large brain enables us to invent more effective and efficient ways of preying on others, which, added to basis instincts, is a formidable force indeed.

Here's a human version of the chimp story. And another.

We are not children of God, but creatures of Nature.

Leanderthal, Lighthouse Keeper

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