No. Morals really are not written in our genes

How did prehistoric humans become moral and altruistic? And how have those attributes been damaged in the history of hierarchical societies?

Cave paintings in Patagonia, Argentina

Cave paintings in Patagonia, Argentina

In a review article for People & Nature, STEVE DRURY disputes the claim by social anthropologist Christopher Boehm that morals were at root genetically determined and argues that culture and social relations are the crucial factors. He surveys discussions among anthropologists, archaelogists and biologists on how humans became “human”, and offers a Marxist interpretation. Read on here

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