#594 - Dr Richard Wrangham - The Incredible Evolution Of Human Violence
Dr Richard Wrangham is an anthropologist and primatologist, a Professor of Biological Anthropology at Harvard University and an author whose research focuses on ape behaviour, human evolution, violence, and cooking.
Humans have the capacity for incredible benevolence and kindness, but also are able to be execute other members of our species with a uniquely effective ruthlessness. Why would evolution give us such differing capacities to chimps and apes and what can this tell us about our nature?
Expect to learn the fascinating evolutionary story of human aggression through the ages, how humans actually selectively bred ourselves to become less aggressive, how our capacity for violence informed the evolution of morality, the true reason for why humans might have a sense of right and wrong, what would have happened to a hyper aggressive male ancestrally and much more...
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I've listened to Modern Wisdom since the beginning ...it is one of my go to podcasts. However...this episode was clearly between academic minds trapped in a bubble. I'm a 57 year old man. A worker. in my life I have been a welder. i was sixteen and building massive structures and machines. At twenty I became a steel worker worked in a foundry creating duplex steels and alloys that went into a myriad of engineering products. in my late twenties the steelworks closed and I became a diver working offshore Nigeria repairing oil platforms. in my thirties I became an industrial rope access technician...dangling about under oil rigs inspecting caissons keeping things safe.. My world of industry was and is a man's world! I have hardly ever worked with women...just teams of working class men.. Behind every industry there is a hidden industry keeping the world running... building cars ships planes ..making plastics and steels and drawing energy out of the ground...hidden men keeping civilisation going.... we are a long long way from not needing men...working men...who get the job done!