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  •  As Well As By Cooperation. We Are a Social Species (6+ / 0-)

    not an individualistic one. All the social species cooperate and engage in altruism. It's every bit as natural in social species as is competition. And in various circumstances of crisis, humans like many or maybe all other social species completely abandon competition for periods of time.

    Scientific American has an article just now about the evolution of cooperation.

    This would seem to suggest that organizing systems for humans ought to exploit both cooperation and competition.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 03:29:28 PM PDT

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    •  Our common interlocutor obviously has not read (1+ / 0-)
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      E.O. Wilson's new book.

      There will always be plenty of things to compute in the detailed affairs of millions of people doing complicated things. -Vannevar Bush 1945

      by Nathan Jaco on Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 03:36:34 PM PDT

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    •  There is a preview to the SA article available... (2+ / 0-)
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      on-line:
      http://www.scientificamerican.com/...

      Also, this, which is interesting to ponder:


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      by The Angry Architect on Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 07:06:04 PM PDT

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    •   In major transitions, society becomes more indivi (0+ / 0-)

      dualistic. Inclusive fitness theory, boy o boy those ants.  Andrew Bourke is bunk.

      "If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." Winston Churchill

      by Kvetchnrelease on Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 08:31:44 PM PDT

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      •  It would make sense that during societal (1+ / 0-)
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        dislocations, individuality might prevail as a mechanism of fitness selection. I am going to have to study your reference to A. Bourke for more perspective.

        Seems to me, though, that the human species may be wired to respond differently to varying degrees of social order.... Perhaps by the variation in available personality types.

        Fascinating...


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        by The Angry Architect on Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 08:48:31 PM PDT

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