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Forum: Diavlog comments 10-18-2011, 12:03 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 13,607
Posted By tribalypredisposed
Re: Science Saturday: War and Peace (John Horgan & Steven Pinker)

Ray, this may be truethy. The fact is that one can hardly find an example of a war where there was not a claim made that the purpose was defensive. Even Hitler concocted cover stories about the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-16-2011, 08:32 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 13,607
Posted By tribalypredisposed
Re: Science Saturday: War and Peace (John Horgan & Steven Pinker)

I have not read the whole Pinker book yet, so do not know if he mentions this. But to me, one very important factor in reducing deaths caused by war as a percentage of population is increased...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-15-2011, 09:47 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 13,607
Posted By tribalypredisposed
Re: Science Saturday: War and Peace (John Horgan & Steven Pinker)

Yes, astute observation. Because we define group membership culturally, including our beliefs, threats to our beliefs can be responded to psychologically as threats to the cohesion, and therefore the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-15-2011, 09:28 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 13,607
Posted By tribalypredisposed
Re: Science Saturday: War and Peace (John Horgan & Steven Pinker)

Nice response, though of course we are both wasting our time. I do wonder about your last assertion. Seems to me intuitively that there is little correlation between intelligence and ability to...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-15-2011, 09:14 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 13,607
Posted By tribalypredisposed
Re: Science Saturday: War and Peace (John Horgan & Steven Pinker)

Okay, once again we see that one cannot "reason someone out of a position they never reasoned themselves into." I would continue to discuss this if there was a discussion to continue. But, as you...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-15-2011, 01:27 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 13,607
Posted By tribalypredisposed
Re: Science Saturday: War and Peace (John Horgan & Steven Pinker)

>>Florian, you said "Apparently you didn't listen to the diavlog. Pinker didn't discuss the biological (anthropological) determinants of war. He and Horgan discussed whether human history...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-14-2011, 06:21 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 13,607
Posted By tribalypredisposed
Re: Science Saturday: War and Peace (John Horgan & Steven Pinker)

First, humans are animals. And we are animals who wage war. Second, there is violent group level conflict found in all group social territorial species. This includes hyenas, chimps, ants, meerkats,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-14-2011, 05:59 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 13,607
Posted By tribalypredisposed
Re: Science Saturday: War and Peace (John Horgan & Steven Pinker)

Well, I was not trying to convince you, in fact. I was explaining. I agree with your term for Political Science and I.R.: "speculation," and that is precisely the point. Evolutionary Psychology is a...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-14-2011, 01:36 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 13,607
Posted By tribalypredisposed
Re: Science Saturday: War and Peace (John Horgan & Steven Pinker)

@Hume's Bastard - I am not offering this to try to offend you, but the likely reason that Pinker did not approach the topic from, or even engage with, the "realist" or Political Science/International...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-15-2011, 12:26 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 28,029
Posted By tribalypredisposed
Re: Science Saturday: Egos on Parade (Robert Wright & John Horgan)

Sounds like John finally read my paper "ALTRUISM AND WAR: DIVERGENCE AND CONVERGENCE IN GROUP IDENTITY DIFFERENTIATION"

http://theroadtopeace.blogspot.com/ Glad to see what he is saying suddenly...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-21-2011, 11:21 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 12,299
Posted By tribalypredisposed
Re: Science Saturday: Taking the Plunge

Mr Horgan, I really wish that you would take the time to read some of my previous remarks here where I very thoroughly dismantle your views on war and human nature. Your views are simply not...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-06-2010, 06:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,648
Posted By tribalypredisposed
Re: Science Saturday: Beyond Sex (Jason Goldman & Eric Michael Johnson)

This might be an interesting discussion but I can barely understand anything Jason says. Is everyone else here fluent in Mumble and I am the only one who misses five out of eight words?
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-29-2010, 12:09 AM
Replies: 266
Views: 34,473
Posted By tribalypredisposed
Re: Choose Your Own Adventure (Adam Serwer & Dayo Olopade)

Wow, see, for me Gwen is extremely transparent about being Conservative to the point that she does not give a damn what the facts are. Just look at her cheering for the invasion of Iraq...

When it...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-23-2010, 12:52 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 9,726
Posted By tribalypredisposed
Re: Hating Everybody (Matt Welch & Tim Carney)

Sorry Matt, you lost my belief that you were someone with a vague familiarity with politics with your statement that there is no evidence of the Republicans being against government regulations....
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-12-2010, 10:23 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 11,715
Posted By tribalypredisposed
Re: Science Saturday: War of the Doves (Robert Wright & John Horgan)

Further, we often had talking heads and politicians describing Saddam as a "madman" and a criminal "murderer." Knowing that these are accusations that are part of a universal pattern for going to war...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-12-2010, 09:59 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 11,715
Posted By tribalypredisposed
Re: Science Saturday: War of the Doves (Robert Wright & John Horgan)

Good question. I go into some detail in my paper on my ideas about the oppositional nature of in-group defining cultural signifiers, the short version is that we define our in-group as excluding at...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-11-2010, 12:27 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 11,715
Posted By tribalypredisposed
Re: Science Saturday: War of the Doves (Robert Wright & John Horgan)

It is sad to see Horgan state that he is so strongly motivated in his work on war because he is upset when others are wrong about science, for several reasons. First, the reason we should care deeply...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-20-2010, 08:18 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 19,561
Posted By tribalypredisposed
Re: Science Saturday: Evolutionary Psychology and Moral Thinking

The value of Evolutionary Psychology for the philosophy of morality is that it can illuminate the topic of what is, first of all, and second of all it can limit the proposed oughts to the subset of...
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