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How Human Violence Stacks Up Against Other Killer Animals

"We can modulate the level of interpersonal violence by changing our social environment" (Gomez).
This article is very interesting in that it showed lethal violence within a species is not as high in humans as it is in other animals. However, the killing of animals within a species is usually infanticide, but with humans it is adults dying from human-on-human violence. That is one way humans differ from other non-human animals. And a pretty interesting way indeed. For, Gomez believes if we change our social environment, we could have even less lethal killing within the human species.
It just gets me thinking... There are many other forms of violence in the human species: sexual, emotional, mental, spiritual, etc. So, how do we change our social environment to also decrease these forms of violence? And do animals have different forms of violence besides just physical?

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"We can modulate the level of interpersonal violence by changing our social environment" (Gomez).  | This article is very interesting in that it showed lethal violence within a species is not as high in humans as it is in other animals.... more »"We can modulate the level of interpersonal violence by changing our social environment" (Gomez).  | This article is very interesting in that it showed lethal violence within a species is not as high in humans as it is in other animals. However, the killing of animals within a species is usually infanticide, but with humans it is adults dying from human-on-human violence. That is one way humans differ from other non-human animals. And a pretty interesting way indeed. For, Gomez believes if we change our social environment, we could have even less lethal killing within the human species.  | It just gets me thinking... There are many other forms of violence in the human species: sexual, emotional, mental, spiritual, etc. So, how do we change our social environment to also decrease these forms of violence? And do animals have different forms of violence besides just physical? 03-29-2017 12:12pm

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Comment by Mariah Johnston

In nature, much of it has to do with resources and competition.  When everyone has "enough" then there is less fighting over resources and less competition as well because we don't have to compete.  Remember violence is... more »In nature, much of it has to do with resources and competition.  When everyone has "enough" then there is less fighting over resources and less competition as well because we don't have to compete.  Remember violence is ultimately about domination - the need to exert one's power over another, whether that be another human being, another animal or the environment.  http://www.apa.org/topics/violence/index.aspx 03-29-2017 12:12pm

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