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Human Nature: What We Need to Know about Ourselves in the Twenty-First Century

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Abstract:

The Western worldview that now dominates the planet embodies beliefs about human nature that are inconsistent with our evolutionarily evolved natures. Its “logic” at best ignores and at worst creates the symptoms of the modern world, which if uncorrected predict severe crises in coming centuries: population growth, environmental destruction, economic collapse, and increasing social violence. In contrast, there are numerous communities today creating alternative solutions based on different understandings of human nature and human needs: cooperation rather than competition; meaningful social identity; and respect for and trust in the autonomous behavior of all persons. There exist optimistic future models.

Keywords: Western worldview; alternative solutions; bonding; future crises; human nature; social identity

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/0591-2385.00179

Publication date: December 1, 1998

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