From: Chris Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon 08 Mar 2004 - 10:07:37 GMT
I was trying to think of something germanic based on krieg, to no avail
(war shank was as close as I could get with googlefish), but what about borrowing 'marshall/marshalling' with the obvious link to martial as well. So call it a marshalling response? (Got a nice God-root to boot). I always liked bellicose as a word too, but belly doesn't give you much to work with. You could do something like guerilla maybe? I'll shut up anyway.
Keith Henson wrote:
> Stockholm Syndrome, more descriptively capture-bonding, is a
> conditionally switched on evolved psychological trait humans have. See
> http://www.human-nature.com/nibbs/02/cults.html for discussion re this
> trait and the attention-reward mechanism (awkward terms, I know).
Er, 'is'? A little bold there fella -- but I digress.
> I need suggestions for what to call the psychological mechanism(s) that
> induce humans (and chimps) into making organized war on other groups
> either as a result of being attacked or due to xenophobic memes
> amplified by privation/looming privation. Shorter terms based on Greek
> or Latin roots for war or war gods would probably be better.
> I am not far from having the first draft of this article done. If any
> are interested in reviewing the draft, send me a note.
> Keith Henson
> Evolutionary Psychology, Memes, The Origin of War, and Empowering Women
> (Tentative title)
> By H. Keith Henson
> ABSTRACT. (DRAFT)
> Our ancestors always lived close to their ecological limit, an unstable
> upper bound for how many hominids (or lions or tigers or bears) an
> environment can support. When reproduction pushes populations over the
> limit or the limit fluctuates down because conditions vary, part of the
> population will die, typically by starvation. Humans have evolved a
> psychological response to looming starvation; a mechanism that induced
> tribes to make war on nearby tribes. The psychological response
> increases the circulation of xenophobic memes among groups facing
> privation. Xenophobic memes break down the normal reluctance of humans
> to attacking other humans and synchronize warriors of one tribe to
> attack another. Genes inducing suicidal behavior in the (male) members
> of a weak tribe attacking a strong tribe had a selective advantage
> because the losing tribe's young females (carriers of those genes) were
> usually incorporated into the winning tribe. From a gene's perspective
> this was better than starvation. In war situations self-preserving
> (rational) behavior has not been favored by selection. I.e., "stupid"
> decisions should be expected.
> Being attacked turns on a related psychological response, rapidly
> inducing xenophobia and a fighting response even in groups not facing
> With appropriate mapping (looming starvation/privation into expected or
> actual declining income per capita) this evolved psychological mechanism
> accounts for the origin of most (if not all) historical wars. While war
> was adaptive for hunter-gatherer level societies, war is poorly adapted
> for human societies above that level.
> Inherent in this model is a prescription for avoiding wars: keep income
> per capita rising or at least not falling for *all* human groups.
> Population growth itself does not lead to wars, but population growth in
> excess of economic growth does. Empowering women to limit births to a
> level below economic growth appears to be a key to avoiding wars or
> ending long running conflicts.
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