The classic opening scene of 2001, A Space Odyssey shows an ape-man wreaking havoc with humanity's first invention--a bone used as a weapon to kill a rival. It's an image that fits well with popular notions of our species as inherently violent, with the idea that humans are--and always have been--warlike by nature. But as Douglas P. Fry convincingly argues in Beyond War, the facts show that our ancient ancestors were not innately warlike--and neither are we. Fry points out that, for perhaps ninety-nine percent of our history, for well over a million years, humans lived in nomadic hunter-and-ga
Charting a new direction Do nonwarring societies actually exist? Overlooked and underappreciated : the human potential for peace Killer apes, cannibals, and coprolites : projecting mayhem onto the past The earliest evidence of war War and social organization : from Nomadic bands to modern states Seeking justices : the quest for fairness Man the warrior : fact or fantasy? Insights from the Outback : Geneva Conventions in the Australian bush Void if detached ... from reality : Australian "warriors," Yanomamö unokais, and lethal raiding psychology Returning to the evidence : life in the band Darwin got it right : sex differences in aggression A new evolutionary perspective : the Nomadic forager model Setting the record straight A macroscopic anthropological view Enhancing peace.
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