Killing: learned or innate?

“A link between chimpanzee and human warfare has been stated outright by leading primatologists, who suggest that it demonstrates humans’ innate predisposition for violence. I first encountered this controversy during graduate school. Steven Pinker had just published The Better Angels of Our Nature which provoked heated discussion of war-like behavior as an evolutionary mechanism in humans. Then, two years later, as I was beginning my PhD investigating soldiers’ experiences of killing in combat, Douglas Fry edited a book entitled War, Peace, and Human Nature, which brought forward a plethora of researchers from a range of disciplines to argue that war is in fact neither an innate nor an ancient part of human civilization.1 This new research critiqued popularized theories that warfare is as ancient as humans themselves, and the debate entered popular public discourse with articles appearing in Nature2 and on the New Scientist blog, and a flurry of arguments ensued about the dangers of embracing the idea that humans and chimps are built for war.” SOURCE

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