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  •  that's an argument about tools, not motives (1+ / 0-)
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    Would chimps have a WWII if they were socially and technologically able to do so?  From what I've read about them, I think they're perfectly capable of it.

    Civilization is a development of our animal natures; the difference between it and Stone Age society or chimp society is quantitative, not qualitative.  It's no more unnatural than anything else that we do.  The difference between us and any other form of life is that we are self-aware and theoretically able to control our own actions.  Chimps are slaves to to their natures; we are not ... or at least much less so.

    Something's wrong when the bad guys are the utopian ones.

    by Visceral on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 08:07:10 AM PST

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