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Robert Kelly: Violence in Human Evolution – Do Hunter-Gatherers Tell Us About Human Nature?

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When many people want to discover the core of human nature, they turn to those people who allegedly are or represent humanity’s original condition, hunter-gatherers. Do hunter-gatherers have a special ability to reveal human nature? Robert Kelly (Univ of Wyoming) examines this question by focusing on the issue of violence. Do hunter-gatherers say that we are inherently predisposed to violence, or to peaceful cooperation? Trying to answer this question raises a more general one: Is there such a thing as human nature? Recorded on 05/16/2014. Series: “CARTA – Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny” [Humanities] [Science] [Show ID: 28355] [Video and text source: University of California Television (UCTV) YouTube channel]

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