Please excuse this brief detour into evolutionary anthropology… I promise I ha

    Please excuse this brief detour into evolutionary anthropology… I promise I have a point!
    Currently, there exists strong anthropological and evolutionary evidence to support the idea that human beings evolved and succeeded principally through cooperation. This is especially evident from the traces of non-Homo Sapien Sapiens’ DNA that remains in our own species today. To elaborate further on this point, it was long believed true that our Homo Sapien Sapiens ancestors wiped out other groups of now-extinct Homo Sapiens, such as the Homo Sapien Neanderthalensis (i.e. Neanderthals). Now, new evidence is emerging which strongly suggests that our ancestors actually cooperated and interbred with Neanderthals, as well as other non- Homo Sapien Sapiens.
    Given this interpretation of our early ancestors, how do we reconcile our broadly cooperative prehistory with the ways in which we form and reinforce the existence of “in-groups” and “out-groups”, the fear of “The Stranger”, and the disdainful view of “The Other”?
    There are many ways to approach this question, and I hope it stimulates some thoughts on the matter.
    Or I simply may not be making any sense.

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