Sunday, February 26, 2012

New biological studies reconfirm that “human nature” is no excuse for violence

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J.G. Vibes
Activist Post

In a world filled with mostly well intentioned people and tons of senseless violence its completely natural for those people to develop an assortment of justifications and rationalizations for the horror that is taking place around them.

One of the most popular of these rationalizations is what I like to call “the human nature cop out”. This is basically the notion that violence taking place around the world is justified because humans are naturally prone to violence, and that’s just “the way it is”.

As I discussed in an article last month, this idea is extremely dangerous because it allows people to accept behavior that is detrimental to the well being of our species. This is really common sense, but there has actually been a scientific consensus that humans are not innately violent for well over 20 years. In 1986 scientists from around the world got together and shared psychological and biological evidence until they came to the conclusion that human nature is no excuse for violent behavior. The findings that were released came to be known as “The Seville Statement”. This statement made 5 propositions, which are:

1. "It is scientifically incorrect to say that we have inherited a tendency to make war from our animal ancestors."
2. "It is scientifically incorrect to say that war or any other violent behavior is genetically programmed into our human nature."
3. "It is scientifically incorrect to say that in the course of human evolution there has been a selection for aggressive behavior more than for other kinds of behavior."
4. "It is scientifically incorrect to say that humans have a 'violent brain'."
5. "It is scientifically incorrect to say that war is caused by 'instinct' or any single motivation."
This profound statement has been ignored by the mainstream media for decades and maligned by many state sponsored foundations. According to psychologist and researcher Aflie Kohn, the media actually told the scientists “call us back when you find a gene for war,” after they released the Seville statement. However, despite this lack of attention new studies continue to reconfirm that human nature is no excuse for violence.

This past Monday in Vancouver, British Columbia at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a biologist named Frans de Waal put forward the idea that adopting a more cooperative culture is possible, necessary and natural for our species. According to his studies, animals are naturally prone to co-operation when in the right circumstances, which reconfirms the Seville statements consensus. Hopefully this new study can tear down some of the barriers that are created by our cultures defeatist perception of “human nature”.

By accepting the view that humans are naturally violent, our culture is basically saying that we are wild beasts that need to be controlled, and since violence is accepted, violence is ultimately used in this process of "controlling". This very idea is the root of genocide, oppression and exploitation. The violence that we see in our society today, and the violence that we see throughout history is actually only acted out by a very small percentage of the population. This tiny percentage of our population is obviously a “bad sample” in terms of measuring what our species is actually capable of.

J.G. Vibes is an author, and artist -- with an established record label. In addition to featuring a wide variety of activist information, his company Good Vibes Promotions hosts electronic dance music events. You can keep up with him and his forthcoming book Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance, at his website. AOTMR will be released in March 2012, thanks to Leilah Publications. This project features nearly 100 different essays, just like this one, that cover a wide variety of topics. These essays give historical and philosophical insight into the many important issues that our generation faces. From banking cartels and alternative currency to eugenics and the drug war, AOTMR offers a complete and comprehensive breakdown of the counter culture’s struggle.


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Anonymous said...

Scientifically speaking, psychology is not a science! It's may be more closely related to religions.

J.G Vibes said...

biology is a science :-)

J.G Vibes said...

OH, it looks like i forgot to include the link to the newest studies

here it is

Truth said...

I've watched wild and domesticated animals behave more compassionately and respectfully than preprogrammed humans my whole life. this is true nature not the artificial human matrix everyone has been indoctrinated into since the day their souls were sold to the "state" on "birth certificates" which are just "car titles" for your body that "they" don't want you to own because it is the most important vehicle on this dimension. All things come into Balance and Harmony unless one acts against this which is what the "war"shipers of death constantly attempt to spread.

Anonymous said...

@Truth, I agree, I have been studying violence for most of my life and humans are generally very compassionate (not violent). What makes 'violent' people is programming. It is not in our so-called animal genes.

apeman2502 said...

When I was a small boy, my father taught me to hit only with my thumbs tucked under my fingers, to keep them safe. Don't hit people. It hurts.

dale said...

Human nature, judging by the wide varieties of cultures, from very aggressive to very peaceful, is elastic. A culture of violence produces violent members. Abused children often become abusers. And likewise, a peaceful society produces peaceful members.

Theories of human nature are used to justify one cultural worldview or another.

Violence begets violence. Vibes is dead right that unscientific assumptions about human nature are used to justify violence (social Darwinism, fascism, etc). Our "natures" contain all possibilities: that being the case, we must do everything we can to create peace and justice.

Economics is a form of theology based on various theories of incentive. But self-interest is not an instinct but a construct of a theory of motivation. Change the theory of incentives (working for justice, glory, or any purpose other than self-aggrandizement) and you arrive at a different economic system.

Capitalism (free market theory) is a theology of self-interest, just as Marxism became a theology in its perverted form under Stalin. I propose pragmatism: study what works and use it. In healthcare, single payer works best; in foreign policy, diplomacy works best; in economics, shared prosperity (cooperation) works best. This is not left or right, just pragmatism. Left and right get the 99% fighting each other while the 1% picks their pocket and then blames them for being poor. Beyond ideology is a practical approach which does not assume but studies and tests.

James said...

"This tiny percentage of our population is obviously a “bad sample” in terms of measuring what our species is actually capable of." - J. G. Vibes

"Left and right get the 99% fighting each other while the 1% picks their pocket and then blames them for being poor." - Dale

Break this down leaving out that 0.01% that control the world through politics and you see a 99.9% of the world population under their control. Out of that 99.9% you have a 0.99% that will do the bidding of that 0.01%. Why? Indoctrialization. U.S. public school system. I remember only be taught that war was the only answer to any kind of dispute, and as we have seen, that is the accepted norm in America. What other reason for that 0.99% doing what they do.


1. For a paycheck. Damned be the world as long as I get paid.
(Those that work in the war corporation factories building all of these devices that have brought the world the worst in weapons to kill and destroy for the purpose of that 0.01% to rob other countries of 'their' mineral rights.)
2. Mentally disturbed individuals that have been programmed to enjoy harming others which brings them pleasure in doing so.
(This can be seen by having an all volunteer military service which weeds out those that would come through a draft that would oppose the killing of other human beings for the purposes of a few. They see through the lies and are unwilling to follow orders)
3. Blind minded individuals that take orders to do harm without using their inner moral code because they have become part of the programmed regime and follow demonic orders by putting aside that inner voice of their moral code speaking to them.
(i.e. Solider's. And you can see that because so many of them now have PTSD, not only because of what they have seen happen to their friends, but for what they did to innocent people's of these nations that the U.S. has invaded under the guise of bringing Democracy.)

So many answers for why that 99,9% will do what they have already done. Give your other reasons why that few can make that small 99,9% do their bidding. I have some more of those answers, but space and time permitting does not allow for me to mention them.

Anonymous said...

This study is factually flawed. All through history, on every continent, among every race, there was and is ethnic, racial, religious, tribal,and culturally based violence. Multicultualism is demonstrably maladaptive. Look at Tibet. Some try to blame all the world's ills on white people. Hutus butcher Tootsies, brown arab muslims butcher black Christians in Sudan, it goes on and on. All is blamed on the whites., so why don't these reality denying anti white racists just come out and say it instead of this obvious(and not very clever) sophistry. Look at places where white men had no influence, pre- Columbian North and South America tribes were killing and sacrificing other tribes every chance they got. Same thing everywhere at all times in history. Any tribe or other group of people who were not bigoted in favor of their own culture and ethnicity, lost them and no longer exist as an ethnicity or a culture. Eighty percent of all major conflicts in the world today have these same causes at their root. "Does not assume, but studies and tests", what a crock! Your idea of studying and testing seems to be to flood all white countries (And only White countries) with so many non whites that whites become a minority every where in the world. Your underlying assumption is that whites are so inherently evil, racists, who are genetically hard wired to oppress all non whites. So here we are in the modern age, nothing has changed in human nature. Since white people are the root of all social evil, you great geniuses have figure out the way to fix the U.s. is to flood the country with so many blacks and browns that white are a minority here, but not only that, people with different languages different cultures and value systems different religions, Some hostile to all others like Islam. These people are not assimilating. They don.t want to, they feel they are better than us and we (whites) owe them (Non whites). Many of these immigrants groups hate each other as well. These people and their big meeting of the mindless or what ever it was when the came to their wrong conclusions. They should look at how blacks are treated in Iraq and look into the history there. I can tell you these characters who wrote this. J.G. Vibes either your heart is in the right place and you are just misguided and got lost in all the abstract world of academic theory apart from the real world and actually believe this clap utopian BS, or you are being intentionally deceptive.

Anonymous said...

Any biologist worth his salt today will notice that nature works in cooperation far, far more than competition.

If "survival of the fittest" was indeed the law of nature, then there would only be 1 species alive today, and all others would be dead.

Social Darwinism, competition, fight over control of resources... these are philosophies espoused by the power elite, and used to justify their greedy, unjust, and abusive actions. Normal, stable, healthy people and societies cannot live this way and survive for long.

Notice how all nations which have adopted this philosophy have met their end pursuing it, as have dictators, corrupt politicians, and businessmen. Whatever they think it's worth now, it's always worth nothing in the end.

Anonymous said...

"human nature" appears to be the human species' response to a carefully controlled mind-control operation that has been perpetrated for centuries and that may be the work of an extraterrestrial entity living on earth (probably underground) and resembling a large humanoid lizard. It appears to have superior (to human) intelligence and a lifespan of tens of thousands of years. It operates through generation of belief and reinforcement thereof by way of liturgy and ritual, and a motivational (monetary) system of reward and punishment. It has been referred to by many names, i.e. G'd, Jehova, Adonai, the "light bringer", Satan, devil, beast, beelzebub, Moloch, Enki, Architect of the Universe, what have you. Its purpose is to "get its wings back". It must educate the natives (humans) and cultivate them along via competing cults, secret societies, religions, cultures, and various other social structures, over thousands of years till they are capable of building it a space ship. Once it takes off the natives are expendable. In the mean time they kill each other not recognizing whose lead they are blindly following.

Dave Crain said...

Why did god create more than one person? helpmate, and more, all to help each other.

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