This is why Cacilda and I encourage people (even couples who write books about sex) to insist on our right to discretion. Jealousy: A Beginner’s Guide to Coveting Thy Neighbor’s Spouse– Zero-Sum Sex– How to Tell When a Man Loves a Woman 11. )– Poor, Pitiful Me– The Despair of Millionaires– Finding Contentment “at the Bottom of the Scale of Human Beings”12. )– Homo Economicus– The Tragedy of the Commons– Dreams of Perpetual Progress– Ancient Poverty or Assumed Affluence? The Never-Ending Battle over Prehistoric War (Brutish? If we’re “above” nature, it’s only in the sense that a shaky-legged surfer is “above” the ocean. Tierney (2000) outlines the case against Chagnon, though going far beyond the critiques we’ve outlined here.
Worldwide, pornography is reported to rake in anywhere from fifty-seven to a hundred-“Americans spend more money at strip clubs than at Broadway, off-Broadway, regional and nonprofit theaters, the opera, the ballet and jazz and classical music performances—combined.”There’s no denying that we’re a species with a sweet tooth for sex. See de Waal (2009) for much more on the biological origins of empathy and instinctive justice. They raise pigs, used not only for meat but for important ritualistic celebrations.—About 90 percent of the diet is sweet potatoes. Domestic pigs are important both for currency used in barter and for the celebration of important events. To make matters even worse, Pinker juxtaposes these bogus “hunter-gatherer” mortality rates with a tiny bar showing the relatively few war-related deaths of males in twentieth-century United States and Europe. Perhaps most important, the twentieth century gave birth to “total war” between nations, in which civilians (not just male combatants) were targeted for psycho- logical advantage (Dresden, Hiroshima, Nagasaki . .), so counting only male mortalities is meaningless.
We shared a common ancestor with two of these apes—bonobos and chimps—just five million years ago. Readers with mental images of Sioux (Lakota) chiefs with eagle-feather war bonnets rippling in the wind should keep in mind that in the generations before first contact with whites, disease spread through many tribes and the arrival of horses brought severe cultural disruptions, leading to conflict between groups that had been at peace previously (see Brown, 1970/2001).25. By comparison, Chagnon’s total time among the Yanomami adds up to about five years.
Confronting the Sky Together– Everybody Out of the Closet– The Marriage of the Sun and the Moon Acknowledgments References and Suggested Further Reading Notes Index is one of the five surviving species of great apes, along with chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, and orangutans (gibbons are considered a “lesser ape”). Give us the knowledge that we may continue to pray with understanding hearts, and show us what each one of us can do to set forth the coming of the day of universal peace. Not having examined these charges in detail, we have nothing to add to that discussion, limiting our critique to Changnon’s methodology and scholarship as it applies to Yanomami warfare.29.
Meanwhile, so-called traditional marriage appears to be under assault from all sides—as it collapses from within. Pig theft is a major cause of conflict.—The economy was based primarily on fishing, collecting shellfish, hunting, and gathering until the establishment of missions and the gradual introduction of market goods in the 1930s and 1940s. Furthermore, why did Pinker not include the tens of millions who died in some of the most vicious and deadly examples of twentieth-century warfare?
Even the most ardent defenders of sexuality buckle under its weight, as never-ending bipartisan perp-walks of politicians (Clinton, Vitter, Gingrich, Craig, Foley, Spitzer, Sanford) and religious figures (Haggard, Swaggert, Bakker) trumpet their support of before slinking off to private assignations with lovers, prostitutes, and interns. Hundreds of Catholic priests have confessed to thousands of sex crimes against children in the past few decades alone. While hunting and gathering remain important for some groups, motor vehicles, aluminum boats with outboard engines, guns, and other introduced tools have replaced indigenous techniques.—The staple food is the sweet potato. In his discussion of “our most peaceful age,” he makes no mention of the Rape of Nanking, the entire Pacific theater of World War II (including the detonation of two nuclear bombs over Japan), the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot’s killing fields in Cambodia, several consecutive decades-long wars in Vietnam (against the Japanese, French, and Americans), the Chinese revolution and civil war, the India/Pakistan separation and subsequent wars, or the Korean war.