The Goodness Paradox: The Strange Relationship Between Virtue and Violence.

Event Date:
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
ECA A101

Abstract: A key problem for any evolutionary explanation of human cooperation is why humans tend to have a very low propensity for face-to-face aggression, because without this unusual feature trust and cooperation would be strongly inhibited. Our species’ relative docility appears to have resulted from a process of self-domestication that has lasted about 300,000 years and happened because men conspired to use proactive violence to kill hyper-aggressive bullies. Self-domestication is expected to be a widespread phenomenon in animal evolution, suggesting diverse opportunities to test these ideas.

 

Alfredo Moreno