The Goodness Paradox

The Strange Relationship Between Peace and Violence in Human Evolution
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Product Number: Z100108952
Released: Jan 29, 2019
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ISBN: #9781684415595
Narrator/s: Michael Page
Publisher: Highbridge Company
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Throughout history even as quotidian life has exhibited calm and tolerance war has never been far away, and even within societies violence can be a threat. The Goodness Paradox gives a new and powerful argument for how and why this uncanny combination of peacefulness and violence crystallized after our ancestors acquired language in Africa a quarter of a million years ago. Words allowed the sharing of intentions that enabled men effectively to coordinate their actions. Verbal conspiracies paved the way for planned conflicts and, most importantly, for the uniquely human act of capital punishment. The victims of capital punishment tended to be aggressive men, and as their genes waned, our ancestors became tamer. This ancient form of systemic violence was critical, not only encouraging cooperation in peace and war and in culture, but also for making us who we are: Homo sapiens.

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Author(s): Richard Wrangham
Genre: Science
Original Publish Date: Jan 29, 2019

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Author(s): Richard Wrangham
Narrator(s): Michael Page
Genre: Science
Product Number DD39319
Released: Jan 22, 2019
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Publisher: HighBridge Company
ISBN: #9781684415588

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