September 19, 2017
The Helix Center for Interdisciplinary Investigation of NYPSI is pleased to present "Male-Male Competition: Globalization, War, and Violence", a discussion exploring an evolutionary perspective on globalization, war and violence.
Little attention is paid to the fact that Charles Darwin, in his book, The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, devoted twelve chapters to male-male competition, describing it as "the law of battle". Darwin details intra-species male morphological and behavioral differences from molluscs through mammals, arriving finally and specifically at human mammals. Though this “law” is not sanctioned or obeyed by every human male, given human history, it appears an undeniable phenomenon. Buried in present-day research under the sobriquet of "sperm competition," Darwin's insight never surfaces.
Maxine Sheets-Johnstone moderates the discussion and participants include Randall Collins, Brian Ferguson, John Horgan, and James Lieberman.
New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium