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Early Humans and Violence

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Early Humans and Violence Hist 1010

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Date Created: 08/25/16
Early Humans and Violence The Dual Inheritance:  Genetic propensities influence what cultural organisms learn.  Humans are products of biological evolution and sociological evolution. Human Aggression:  Is violence or aggression an adaptive strategy?  Man, the Hunter - Theory - Did man’s need to hunt adapt us to aggression and war? - Violence becomes adaptive because of the need for hunting. - Discredited because archaeologists believe humans didn’t start hunting until later- not enough time for something sociological to become adaptive.  Chimpanzee, the Hunter - Theory - Fight over territory - Behavior of collective violence between chimpanzee’s is also caused by their history of hunting - Coalitionary hunting- strategy; offensive hunting - Jane Goodall cut off an 8 year supply of bananas to chimpanzee’s so the larger group started killing off the smaller group. - Chimps use a natural strategy to defend a territory (females and territory) by using lethal warfare. - Conflict begins in response to ecological pressures. ** Natural aggression makes us good hunters, the need to hunt makes us naturally aggressive.  Man, the Hunted - Early hominids were prey for about 4 million years before they started to hunt. - How Humans Avoided Being Lunch: o Live in large, cooperative groups o Versatile locomotion o Flexible social organization o More than one male in the social group o Males serve as sentinels o Carefully selected sleeping sites o Intelligence and “one-upmanship”  Man, the Competitor - With rising populations, humans entered into competition with each other - Intergroup competition is about 12,000 years old - 1st advantage to fighting: bring more people - 2nd advantage: divide tasks; work together - 3rd advantage: group needs to learn to be mobile  Altruistic Cooperation - Humans got tired of fighting so started evolving - Individual will take risks on behalf of another person  Inclusive Fitness - Individuals within a group cooperate in order to promote the survival of their own genes via the survival of close relatives - The closer the relatives, the more cooperative. - Key desire is to establish a protective nest. - Cooperative populations will outcompete non- cooperative populations. - The possibility of violent conflict favored group behaviors, such as: o male solidarity o incorporate persons from other groups o risk calculation and threat assessment o greater social complexity and larger group size - Group cooperation is linked to lethal conflict. * - Modern humans use cooperation as a defense to larger groups.  You can minimize risks by using threats of aggression, watchfulness, careful scouting  Lethal violence takes place to reduce already low risks. 2  When group fissioning (when groups can separate) was an option, conflicts were rarer.  Group size enhances group survival because it represents our ability to attack them. Evidence for Early Human Violence:  Weapons and farming were created at different times at different parts of the world.  Two earliest agriculture communities - Jericho- 8000 BCE o Built a wall poorly designed for defense; had a tower - Catalhoyuk- 7500-5700 BCE o Had a wall weirdly built; had to get on the rook to get on it - Haciliar- 5500-4800 BCE o Kept having to rebuild their wall stronger and stronger because it kept being torn down until it was eventually abandoned ** Animals were domesticated in the Middle East around 3500 BCE, before that there wasn’t much to steal so they didn’t need walls.  In the near east, intensive local foraging emerged 13000 BCE and then agriculture emerge around 14000 BCE, while in Europe foraging emerged around 5000 BCE while agriculture emerged around 5500 BCE.  Massacre of Talheim burial site had 34 bodies buried on top of each other, showing that the theory of early farmers wanting peace is not true.  The Jebel Sahaba burial site in Sudan (between 12,000- 10,000 BCE) had 55 bodies, including women and children.  Homosapians bean to migrate out of Africa around 125,000 years ago (2nd wave of human migration) and entered a new stage of human development (early development of language, larger groups, diversified weapons); they went to Europe around 55,000 years ago.  The Atlatl 3 - New technology - Increases range, speed, and accuracy of the arm - Eventually eliminated the Neanderthals (they did crossbreed, however) Conflict and war does not dominate the archaeological record, but it does suffuse it 4


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