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Competition is a less evolved form of social interaction

April 26, 2009

As it becomes more and more obvious that the application of free market ideology to the  gobal economy was not such a very good idea, a researcher claims that rather than champion competition as the core principle of our economy we should see it as an evolutionary throwback: 

A U.S. psychologist says from a developmental viewpoint, fierce competition is a step back in human development.

In an article published in the American Journal of Play, Dr. Peter Gray of Boston College suggests early hunters and gatherers made cooperative living possible by using play and humor to overcome innate tendencies toward aggression and dominance.

“Play and humor were not just means of adding fun to their lives,” Gray says in a statement. “They were means of maintaining the band’s existence — means of promoting actively the egalitarian attitude, intense sharing, and relative peacefulness for which hunter-gatherers are justly famous and upon which they depended for survival.”

via | Play, humor needed to overcome aggression.


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