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Alien Anthropology

War as Atavism

The fault and flaw that at times percolates to catastrophic ascendance likely runs deep within our nature as the biological entities we are; conditioned by, through and as reflexively competitive complex information and energy-processing systems biased towards a primitive archetype of individuation and survival. If the intelligence and sophistication measured by technological civilisation to any degree measures the vast distance we have travelled from the simple mindless warring of bacterial motes to cultured, compassionate communities we might also do well to question what compels the eternal return of these violent tribal atavisms and ideological pathologies. In what sense, I wonder, has our shared history been so shaped by the traumatic memory and horror of war that any authentic solution or panacea that might ever exist for such unrepentant misanthropy remains not merely unknown but positively unintelligible.

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