The Paradox of Human Warfare Explained

By studying the evolution of human interaction on a large scale, Sarah Mathew is providing new answers about why groups go to war.

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An Andrew Carnegie Fellow, Sarah Mathew is working on determining what in our evolution makes war a good idea. Her research brings new ideas to the discussion of why large numbers of reproductively capable, unrelated, and unfamiliar individuals die in combat for benefits that are widely shared.

"Finding the common thread that connects disparate cultures may not be just a cliché, but an evolutionarily backed-up path to peace."

The Paradox of Human Warfare Explained