Re: Bad times traits

From: Keith Henson (
Date: Wed 16 Apr 2003 - 05:33:35 GMT

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    At 02:35 PM 16/04/03 +1000, you wrote:
    >At 05:50 PM 15/04/03 -0400, you wrote:
    > >My comment re rivers as boundaries and such would be that if Africa had been
    > >divided up into states on tribal boundary lines, you would have wars between
    > >these states for "Lebensraum" instead of civil wars for the same reason.
    > >The problem is not population so much as it is resources per capita.
    > >
    > >And to bring it back to memes, when things get tight from population growth
    > >a latent human psychological trait emerges, which supports the spread of
    > >memes that dehumanize those your tribe is about to kill.
    > >
    > >Keith Henson
    >Maybe, IMHO, and maybe not.

    I can't find a reference to it on the web, but I have this memory of reading or hearing about a bone bed in Australia where there was a battle that killed thousands. The timing on the battle was right at the point where the water came up and made Australia a much smaller place. Anyone have a pointer?

    Of course this would just show that people killed each other when times got tough.

    Keith Henson

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