Saturday, July 28, 2012

Scientific American — The Joker’s Wild: On the Ecology of Gun Violence in America


Scott Fullwiler @stf tweets: "Blending social science of behavior with natural science of behavior--gee, why didn't economists think of that??"

Read it at Scientific American
The Joker’s Wild: On the Ecology of Gun Violence in America
By Eric Michael Johnson
Eric Michael Johnson has a Master's degree in Evolutionary Anthropology focusing on great ape behavioral ecology. He is currently a doctoral student in the history of science at University of British Columbia looking at the interplay between evolutionary biology and politics.

It's the culture, stupid.

In a culture that canonizes pursuit of self-interest and "doing God's will" (Lloyd Blankfein), what does anyone expect other than primate behavior?

2 comments:

Unforgiven said...

"We ain't a sharp species. We kill each other over arguments about what happens when you die, then fail to see the fucking irony in that."

Dan Lynch said...

It was an excellent article, based on data and logic.

My only complaint is that it did not address drug prohibition, which has had a huge impact on violent crime.