Richard Wrangham

2020 European Peace Colloquy – Session 1 – Evolution and Human Violence

Humans are both gentle and calculatingly violent according to distinguished British primatologist Richard Wrangham. Hence the title of his recent book, The Goodness Paradox. You could never fly 300 chimps peacefully in a plane, but humans will, even politely. At the same time, humans can coldly conspire murder, war, genocide, or the use of nuclear weapons. How can understanding human evolution help those who believe in nonviolence be more effective as well as more realistic?