Are We Humans Our Own Primary Hostile Force of Nature?

There are a lot of popular clichés about humans among people not as informed as they should be about evolutionary biology that get too much air play and word of mouth. For instance, there’s the claim that we’re the only species that fight each other in groups. Not true. Or that we’re the only species […]

Do We Overvalue Cooperation?

A big topic in the scholarship on human social evolution is our peculiar proclivity for cooperation. There’s no doubt that human cooperation is pretty remarkable, in a number of ways. The benefits it brings in terms of pooled risk, division of labour and economies of scale, etc., are well known. And, from a strictly evolutionary […]