posted on Jul, 11 2013 @ 03:58 PM
reply to post by LadyofGlass
I read the following article earlier this week, which covers that very issue.
It raises a number of interesting points, particularly in regard to how the level of aggression can be reflective between the genders. This may be
somewhat important in that, in the West, we have only just begun to move against defining gender identity from birth after a prolonged period of doing
so. What the effects, positive or otherwise are, time will tell, but I suspect that it may be a step in the right direction.
I suppose though, that we also have to understand that stress has an important role in shaping our behaviour, and that living densely, in larger
groups is one of the primary stresses in modern life and one that affects our decision making processes. Environmental, and other external stimuli
stressors, have been the triggers of major behavioural changes and adaptations in our evolution, in the evolution of all life on this planet. To get
this far has been one adaptation after another in often highly hostile conditions, reacting violently and aggressively, including in terms of
reproductive behaviour, is just one manifestation of that. We have these brains though, and we have the reason to overcome our hair triggers, as
such, there is no justification for rape etc, on that basis, and yet, it is still justified on that basis. In the case of the situation outlined in
the OP, it is as much about engaging our brains in deviousness, outwitting our opponents and developing strategy in order to gain the upper hand, for
one form of gain or another. Perhaps that is the adaption that we gained from that period of our development, planning, strategy and execution, it
can be seen particularly in the palaeolithic, but at that time, cooperatively, rather than competitively.
Interesting contribution, thanks for bringing it to the table.