Understanding Warfare: An Evolutionary Approach

Understanding Warfare: An Evolutionary Approach

Free lecture at Harvard Museum of Natural History on the evolutionary perspective on warfare.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 6:00pm

Warfare is a nearly universal trait of human societies that has influenced the evolution of human societies at least since the dawn of history. By some definitions, warfare is uniquely human; no other species engages in armed combat using manufactured weapons. But in other respects, human warfare bears much in common with intergroup aggression in a range of species, from ants to chimpanzees. In this free, illustrated, public lecture, Michael Wilson, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota, will discuss how an evolutionary perspective on warfare can help shed light on why people fight and what they can do to make war less likely to occur.

Free event parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.

Presented by Harvard Museum of Natural History, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

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