our greatest blessings come to us by way of madness Phaedr. 244a

2012/08/04

alpha baboons

Robert Sapolsky, one of my big heroes (and not an alpha baboon). Some links follow, but apply his work to the New Scientist article dn22071 July 2012 issue 2875 : Inequality: Why egalitarian societies died out

excerpt:

"We cannot assume that because inequality exists, it is somehow beneficial. Equality - or inequality - is a cultural choice..."

"[...] inequality might exacerbate selection on an individual level for high fertility, competition, aggression, social climbing and other selfish traits."

And maybe -- alpha baboons?

Watch:



 more:

http://themoonsfavors.blogspot.com/search?q=sapolsky

http://www.pbs.org/programs/killer-stress/



http://www.ted.com/speakers/robert_sapolsky.html