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The Murderer Next Door. by tucsonmike on 27 August 2006 6:53am
This is a book by a University of Texas psychology professor named David Buss. He explores human nature saying we are all capable of it. I want to ask will it evolve out of us down the road etc. Maybe I will email him and ask.

I don't want to say I enjoyed the book. Not sure enjoyed is the right word. Found it interesting.
Re: The Murderer Next Door. by Spursfan on 27 August 2006 11:50am
Thanks for that Mike.

But when I saw the heading for your post I thought you had a worrying neighbour....
Re: The Murderer Next Door. by tucsonmike on 27 August 2006 11:58pm
No, I have great neighbors. The book fascinated me, because he is studying how humans are hotwired in certain ways. Interesting and for a civilized society unnerving.
Re: The Murderer Next Door. by suzulu on 28 August 2006 1:32am
I had the same thought, Spursfan!

Sounds an interesting book, but a bit worrying, though!
Re: The Murderer Next Door. by tucsonmike on 28 August 2006 6:04am
It was worrying Sue. I can post an email from Professor Buss. He is a nice guy and in the book explains why he did this research. When I read the book, I realized Moriarty did not fit this. It does lead to an interesting conundrum. Many generations down the road, could humans evolve to be less violent?
It has not happened in any other species. Dr. Buss's conclusion is that what prevents many killings in modern society is a "cost analysis." I want this person dead but is it worth the risk of, revenge, prison etc. Our more primitive ancestors would not have made that calculation.
Re: The Murderer Next Door. by sighthound on 28 August 2006 6:15am
I think that (as I just posted in another thread) that humans MUST evolve into a less violent way of being because we have developed so many ways of killing ourselves and the world that nurtures us. If we don't, it's bye bye human race (and most other species too.)

The cockroaches will survive however. Well, I think that there is enough intelligence in the human race and enough arrogance about our "top of the food chain" position that we will get it together and not let the cockroaches take over the world.
Re: The Murderer Next Door. by tucsonmike on 28 August 2006 11:35pm
Yes, the cockroaches and the Palo Verde bugs. Talk about Dark Ages! Or if we do not evolve the rules will need to be tighter.
Re: The Murderer Next Door. by canaveralgumby on 29 August 2006 1:27am
The cockroaches, the sharks, Keith Richards, David Crosby and Joan Rivers will survive the nuclear holocost.
Re: The Murderer Next Door. by pandab on 29 August 2006 2:28am
One of the most haunting quotes I can remember hearing came at the end of Walking with Beasts (a BBC documentary series on the periods after the dinosaurs).

Anyway ... Kenneth Branaugh narrated, and at the very end he said: (trying to remember exactly)

"And if we have learned one thing from all of this, it is that no species lasts forever."

To me, it was a reminder that humans are just as subject to the laws of nature as any other species. It was one of those quotes that gave me a chill because I realized it was true.

Re: The Murderer Next Door. by tucsonmike on 29 August 2006 6:44am
That's it. We humans can think and create certain things, but if a comet hits, we are no longer any different, are we?

We have to use our intelligence, sans our arrogance.
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