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Re: Evolutionary Psychology

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Posted by Harvey on October 31, 2001 19:31:57 UTC

Alex,

What you are suggesting is called evolutionary psychology (evolution dictates human social and psychological principles). I think we have a propensity to act according to primate and reptilian like behavior, but I don't think our individual actions are always reduced to that level. Afterall, it is logical to benefit oneself if you can. The philosophical issue is whether you should always do so, or whether you should allow others to go ahead of you (for love, compassion, out of distress, etc). Much of human behavior is guided by religious and philosophical values - and one could argue that those values can be reduced to some degree to evolution, but that reduction is not altogether clear.

Thus, the issue is what is the best means to suppress human proclivity in certain directions that society decides is destructive or self-destructive. Law enforcement is necessary, but even more so is proper child rearing.

>>>left by long evolution (eat promptly or be promptly eaten)? Instinct to grab what is not secure for a "rainy day"?

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