Fight Like An Animal

Fight Like An Animal searches for a synthesis of behavioral science and political theory that illuminates paths to survival for this planet and our species. Each episode examines political conflict through the lens of innate contributors to human behavior, offering new understandings of our current crises. Bibliographies: Periodic outbursts: Support:

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Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 3 days 1 hour 12 minutes


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Prison and Other Stories (excerpt)

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Life Is Holy War pt. 2: Asymmetries of Aggression

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Life Is Holy War pt. 1: Two Stories about a Mountain

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Times I Got Stuck in Albuquerque

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Ethnogenesis pt. 3: Sacrificial Child Gods and Social Complexity

Assuming a continuous legacy of political struggle from the earliest stages of human evolution to conflicts over power today, we speculate about the politics of societies in the distant past...


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