Originally Posted by Florian
For one thing, the only conceivable objects of contention would be food and sexual partners, and Rousseau thought that neither would be a sufficient causes of belligerence and aggression in the absence of other objects of desire, which only civilization makes possible. Evolutionary biologists think otherwise, but I have never been able to understand why.
Let's try the experiment. On an island, let's put a large cohort of 15-35 year old males, along with unlimited cultural resources, opportunities for rewarding productivity, plenty of entertainment and sufficient other objects of desire, but insufficient food to meet everyone's needs and a ratio of 10 men to every woman. Then let's sit back and see what unfolds. I predict the men will fight each other over access to the food and women, no matter how many ipods and video games and symphonies and art galleries and libraries are available. What do you predict?