Wednesday, January 23, 2008

We are not the only political animals

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Aristotle wrote a couple of millenia ago that "Man is by nature a political animal", and who can argue with that, especially in this year of a presidential election here in the US. But what may be surprising is that it took so long after that sage for people to recognize that we are not the only "political animals". This week's Science Times section of the New York Times (which you students must've noticed tucked inside one of yesterday's NY Times, free copies of which we get daily on campus; if you didn't notice it - why not??) led with a cover article by Natalie Angiers on this topic. Its a nice, if not too surprising (at least to me) article that is well worth the read. Turns out that humans are indeed political animals by nature because we evolved that way!

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