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The Most Dangerous Animal: Human Nature and the Origins of WarThe Most Dangerous Animal: Human Nature and the Origins of War

Author: David Livingstone Smith
ISBN-10: 0312537441
ISBN-13: 978-0312537449
To Purchase: Amazon US / Amazon UK


In what has been called “the most important post-9/11 analysis of war,” David Livingstone Smith explores the relationship between war and human nature, arguing that our penchant for group violence has roots buried deep in our evolutionary past. He draws on evolutionary biology, history, psychology, philosophy and anthropology to produce an account of the psychology of collective violence.

About the Author

David Livingstone Smith is an enthusiastic bright. He earned his M.A. from Antioch University and his Ph.D. from the University of London, Kings College, where he worked on topics in the philosophy of mind and psychology. He is the author of several books, including Why We Lie: The Evolutionary Roots of Deception and the Unconscious Mind (St. Martins Press, 2004). His work has been featured in the national and international media, including National Geographic Television, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Guardian, Scientific American, BBC Radio, and National Public Radio. He lives in Portland, Maine.

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