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Biology of Peace and War Irenäus Eibl-Eibesfeldt

Biology of Peace and War

Irenäus Eibl-Eibesfeldt

Published October 1st 1979
ISBN : 9780500011881
Hardcover
294 pages
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A balanced discussion of the causes and effects of aggression and war in the animal kingdom and in humans. The author suggests that aggression is not necessarily a bad thing, but looking at how it operates with animals and with humans. A very technical book with a lot of scientific language and references to numerous other works on the subject, both those which support the authors point of view and those which do not. It features very detailed case studies, diagrams and charts much of which stems form the authors own research. A very convincing and well argued, albeit humanistic, essay on a very fascinating topic..Eibl-Eibesfeldt makes an important distinction between the fighting which occurs among animals and that which occurs among humans by saying that the latter is usually destructive. He is hopeful of mankind evolving into a more peaceful species despite the contradictory evidence of history. He suggests that most sane people want peace but they dont really know how to achieve it.He offers no solutions to this fundamental problem of human nature.Well worth the read if the subject matter interests you, and you are prepared for very sophisticated language which expresses very sophisticated ideas.