Feb. 8th, 2012

jackscarab: (Hmm.)
Interesting thing from Wired: the phenomenon of self-domestication in nature, using the typical example of bonobos among others.

There's no really new information there, if you've seen enough nature shows, but I still enjoy stories like that. Stories that give scientific basis to the idea that evolution and circumstance can eventually render aggression useless.

“At very high densities, it becomes impossible to defend anything,” said Judy Stamps, the University of California, Davis evolutionary ecologist who studied how behaviors change on islands. “In that situation, the animals might as well just relax. Instead of competing aggressively, animals might begin to cooperate with each other.”


There are worse fates for a species than genetic predisposition toward community and cooperation.

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