February 4, 2013

Why Do Soldiers Die for Their Countries?

Satoshi Kanazawa, Big Think

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The last puzzle for evolutionary psychology that Robert Wright identified in his 1994 book The Moral Animal was why soldiers die for their countries. Dying in battle protecting and defending a large number of anonymous people to whom they are not genetically related makes very little evolutionary sense, especially for young men who have yet to complete or even begin their reproductive careers. 

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TAGGED: Evolutionary Psychology, Patriotism, Soldiers