The Predatory Society
umair haque

Umair: First, I have read several of your pieces and enjooy your writing. But your presentation of human evolution in this article is flawed. I’m an evolutionary sociologist. You are describng what has come to be known as “Darwinian evolution”, although it’s not actualy Darwinian, but was derived from some an early misreading of Darwin’s work. Either way, it is a sicence of evolution that is outdated by 100 years. Current evolutionary science shows that organisms evolve intetrdependently in an ecological system that requires cooperation, non-aggression, shared resources and balance amongst all life forms in the system, such that each organism has enough to survive and reproduce. Higher level mammals, such as humans show a great deal of aggression, true, but they also show the most advanced and complex forms of social organization, which requires, cooperation, non-aggression and mutually assured survival. Yes, some life forms develop highly aggressive and lethal capaacities, like sharks, but humans and other social mammals have evolved highly social brains and beahviours as a replacement for lethal aggression. Humans lost their protective fur, do not have claws or fangs, do not emit toxins. Instead humans use language to communicate and very complex social organizations to both act out aggression and also ensure mutual survival. Current evolutionary science has begun to reveal how much the plant and animal kingdoms are socially evolved, communicate and cooperate to ensure mutual survival. What you are describing as ‘Darwinian’ evolution and ‘superpredators’ is possibly a failed evolutionary path that leads to mutually assured destruction. That it produces social conditions that lead to chronic illness, incapacity and premature death is a sure sign that it’s a failed evolutionary path. Otherwise, I am in agreement with the basic propositions of your argument

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