Wednesday, September 30

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THE GENOCIDAL SPECIES: BOOK REVIEW OF “THE ORIGINS OF VIOLENCE” BY JOHN DOCKER
Study of Societies

THE GENOCIDAL SPECIES: BOOK REVIEW OF “THE ORIGINS OF VIOLENCE” BY JOHN DOCKER

“We are nasty, cunning and indeed dangerous predators. We seek to conquer and dominate everything, even the mind.” (Restoring The Mind, 2008) I am feeling reluctant to subscribe to the idea that the history of humanity is the history of violence. In my view, the glass is half full. As social beings, we are compassionate, altruistic and are resiliently benevolent, not only towards fellow beings but also towards other species. This, however, does not mean the human species is not the most deceptive, cunning and ruthless genocidal killers. We have the most powerful brain amongst all species and we are by far the most superior of all species in our humaneness and in our genocidal behaviours. History shows that genocide and tyranny have always been an indispensable building block o...