Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Limbo

I dunno, babes. Still no word from the IRB about my McNair project. Not sure how long it'll be before I hear back from Oshkosh Scholar. And I haven't heard from Dru if she wants me to help her find a new assistant. In the meantime, I'm reading a book Jen got me as a gift:





One of the authors is a professor at Harvard, and it was a delightful gift because I've always wondered about this.  Why are humans, particularly men, so violent?  Why do we have this lust for gore and killing and committing crimes against our own species?  Why do we laugh at movies and video games where people get stabbed and shot?  Even though we know war and killing is bad, we just can't seem to help ourselves.  Other mammals fight to solve conflicts, but they normally don't fight to the death.  Humans, on the other hand, stalk and kill each other even when resources are not scarce and we have all of our needs met. We slaughter each other over abstract ideas, and we injure each other purely for entertainment (boxing, ultimate fighting, etc.) while others pay millions to watch.  Why?  What is our problem?  I changed my major from English to Political Science two years ago in order to answer this question, but I'm finding that Anthropology holds most, if not all, the answers.  Not to mention I LOVE learning about human evolution.  I think the specific subject of this book is something I might want to pursue in grad school.  If it doesn't make me sick first, the way violence always has.