Thursday, October 4, 2012

New study suggests humans are not naturally violent

J.G. Vibes
Activist Post

A new study published last month in Nature Journal suggests that humans are naturally good. This study adds to the mounting evidence against the popular misconception that corruption is a trait of human nature.

In ten experiments using economic games, scientists observed that faster decisions result in more cooperation and generosity, while slower, calculated decisions show a decrease in cooperation and generosity. The conclusion is that the automatic reaction is to be friendly, generous and cooperative, and only upon further consideration do humans become greedy or violent.

From the study:
“To explain these results, we propose that cooperation is intuitive because cooperative heuristics are developed in daily life where cooperation is typically advantageous. We then validate predictions generated by this proposed mechanism. Our results provide convergent evidence that intuition supports cooperation in social dilemmas, and that reflection can undermine these cooperative impulses.”
Any scientific studies these days should be taken with a grain of salt, because we are without a doubt living in an era of soviet style science, where state and corporate entities are using the scientific establishment to project a particular worldview into the mainstream consciousness. This is why it is important to always look for funding sources and seek many different avenues of research. However, in this case, this particular study is just one of many proposals put forward by the scientific community in the past several decades stating confidently that corruption has nothing to do with human nature, as the popular misconception states.

The first time this issue was brought up in the mainstream scientific community was in 1986 when scientists from around the world got together to discuss the psychological and biological evidence proving 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.”
Since the Seville statement there have been many more studies reconfirming the propositions put forward. Just this past February a new study by a biologist named Frans de Waal showed that animals are naturally prone to cooperation when in the right circumstances. 

As I discussed in the article Human Nature a Self Fulfilling Prophecy, the actions that people carry out today, and the actions that have been carried out throughout history are the result of environmental factors, as well as psychological trauma and manipulation, they can not be chalked up to “human nature”.

To chalk the violence that we see around us up to human nature, is to avoid admitting there is a problem, thus preventing any progress from being made towards peace. If we think that human beings are dangerous and violent creatures, then some of us will be able to rationalize and justify malevolent behavior by writing it off as human nature, instead of condemning it as we should.

If we actually condemn this behavior instead of making empty excuses for it, we will without a doubt drastically lower the level of violence on this planet. Individually, and as a species, we can only go as far as our imagination will take us. We are only capable of what we can imagine, and if all we can imagine is violence, submission, and domination, then that’s all were ever going to get.

J.G. Vibes is the author of an 87 chapter counter culture textbook called Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance and host of a show called Voluntary Hippie Radio. He is also an artist with an established record label and event promotion company that hosts politically charged electronic dance music events. You can keep up with his work, which includes free podcasts, free e-books & free audiobooks at his website .


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Paul Panza said...

Change is an absolute, you do not have to choose violence! Obama and the other Neo-Niggers with their Reptilian Overlords do however choose war, slavery and violence! Support the Victims of War, Stop paying for It!

Anonymous said...

Hey man! Pash the hass and a BIC. Everything's real mellow! God, these Baby Ruth bars are good. Snore .......
Hey, Vibes. Guess what? Those weren't Baby Ruth bars!

This article was pure tripe and has to be the most vapid of Vibes' voids!

People are nice until challenged. This reply is proof.

Anonymous said...

I think the title would be better to say 'most Humans are not naturally violent'.

There will always be at least one black sheep in the crowd who will chose to be violent and then pretend it's just 'natural instincts' to dodge responsibility for their actions.

And you'll always get at least one who will act like a big Ass just to try to prove you wrong... see previous Anon poster "this reply is proof"...

Trolls are no longer confined to the internet, sadly.


Anonymous said...

Isn't this types of studies useful for the psychopathic elite to better exploit individuals and populations ?

Agelbert said...

Agreed. Most humans aren't naturally violent. Neither are most humans psychopathic, conscience free, murderers that scheme to take the reins oif power and destroy everything good about society for the celebration of evil while calling it "the profit motive".

The psychopaths are a rather intractable problem. I don't see any solution to that problem barring non-terrestrial interference.

The psychos are in power and the cliff is somewhere behind us. We are in free fall now. Enjoy the ride.

senior home care maryland said...

A self-fulfilling forecast is a declaration or forecast that impacts activities and ideas to the level that it becomes true. There are many illustrations in literary works, films, and actual life of self-fulfilling predictions that are adverse in characteristics.


The illusion that we need government to protect us from ourselves is what a lot of people believe but these psychos are the ones we need protection from and they have made us defenseless.
I say give us the free energy inventions that we payed dearly for with tax dollars and we with our fantastic imaginations through cooperation will fix all of the worlds problems in no time and to undo all the brainwashing will be instantaneous.


The illusion that we need government to protect us from ourselves is believed by many. We have been rendered defenseless and left with nothing to stimulate the imagination. Give us Tesla technology and we will fix the world with free endless energy through cooperation and a stress free existence. Healthy imaginations will flourish and change will be instantaneous.

Lem said...

More than anything else, the reason for violence on a geopolitical scale is more due to the herding instinct of human to obey authority. Wars are entered into by the political ruling class and much effort goes into convincing their citizenry that it's a good thing. The most disconcerting aspect of any society is over-compliance with statute and regulation. These are the most likely societies for your next Hitler or Stalin. You've seen it before. The type of population where no one will walk against a "Do not walk" sign even if there are zero cars to be seen..

Anonymous said...

the study does not say "humans are naturally good" ... that's J.G. Vibe's moronic slant ... aggression and cooperation are both within human nature ... which dominates is determined by circumstance and the natural disposition of the specific human or human[s] in question

the study itself is politicized junk science which has been further hyped to holy hell by hippies and randroids alike

Anonymous said...

what was the name of the article?? I would like to read this article..What issue of Nature Journal??

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