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I often admire Gwynne Dyer’s columns within the Bangor Every day Information, however I feel his most up-to-date contribution (June 13) is filled with misinformation.
To start: his assertion that warfare is a human hunter-gatherer legacy is off the mark. Hunter-gatherers are among the many most peaceable societies on earth. In actual fact, organized warfare turned an issue with centrally organized states, i.e. “civilization.” Moreover, what’s sometimes called “tribal warfare” seems to be largely a response to pressures originating from the colonial enlargement of so-called civilized states.
As for our “closest residing family, chimpanzees,” they’re no extra intently associated to us than bonobos. These primates, not like chimpanzees, are identified for his or her peace-keeping habits.
In brief, there isn’t a cause in charge our evolutionary previous for contemporary warfare.
William A. Haviland
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