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  •  I thought you were talking about individual (0+ / 0-)

    competitiveness? That's certainly not what you're talking about now.

    Of course there was competition before that!  History is one long chain of competition in the form of war and conquest.
    Except, of course, war isn't an example of individual competitiveness. War is a collective endeavor and therefore an essentially cooperative effort.
    Primitive man competed for leadership of the clan and the right to mate.
    Really? What's your source for that?
    As man progressed from hunter gatherers to farmers, their was fierce competition between the groups... resulting in massacres of entire villages.
    Again "groups" are collective, not individual. Group competitiveness is not same as individual competitiveness. Groups require cooperation.

    Your attempt to equate individual competitiveness with collective competitiveness is self-defeating. Collective action is only possible when individual competition takes a backseat to cooperation. In war, such cooperation can demand the ultimate sacrifice of the individual. Hardly a proof of the individual human's competitive nature. If anything,  it indicates that the cooperative trait can sometimes trump the urge for self preservation.

    As for cooperative societies, that's redundant. All societies, including our own, are fundamentally cooperative. When people cease to cooperate, societies crumble.

    It seems to me that you're conflating competition with aggression. In which case the only substantive question is how much aggression a given society is willing or able to tolerate.  

    Nothing human is alien to me.

    by WB Reeves on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 03:39:05 AM PDT

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