'The Moral Animal' by Robert Wright was my introduction to Evolutionary Psychology. It also was a book I could not put down. I have pleasant memories tackling that thick book on hot summer days in my hammock on my little hill surrounded by a circle of old cedar trees overlooking the road and our yard about 5 years ago.
The Red Queen is another book I could not put down until finished. I was supposed to use my vacation to scrape and paint our house but squandered a lot of morning hours reading this book.
No, we have not escaped the clutches of evolution as our population booms to the sky; just enjoing a temporary reprieve from the help of another evolutionary battle--that of the memes and its ensuing technology. But the pressure has started, first in the 1920s with the ever-increasing use of voluntary birth control, and where birth control fails to halt the explosion, the aids crisis in Africa and the energy crunch of this century will fill the gap. Countries most dependent on energy will be the hardest hit with economic collapse, and with that, a halt to the distribution system of food, material, and even water. Much death and chaos will result. This is the century that humankind will pass through a bottleneck through critical choices made now. Unfortunately, the decisions by the Bush administration are HUGE steps backwards, almost making possible future recovery highly unlikely.
Our answer out of the clutch of evolution is a solution to "Tragedy of the commons"
(please follow link). But the end conclusion may suggest there really isn't a solution which is another way of saying there is no way out of evolution's clutches.
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