Why Can't We All Just Get Along? Evolutionary Perspectives on Violence, Homicide, and War

@article{Liddle2012WhyCW,
  title={Why Can't We All Just Get Along? Evolutionary Perspectives on Violence, Homicide, and War},
  author={James Liddle and Todd K. Shackelford and Viviana A. Weekes-Shackelford},
  journal={Review of General Psychology},
  year={2012},
  volume={16},
  pages={24 - 36}
}
We review and discuss the evolutionary psychological literature on violence, homicide, and war in humans and nonhumans, and in doing so argue that an evolutionary perspective can substantially enhance our understanding of these behaviors. We provide a brief primer on evolutionary psychology, describing the basic tenets of the field. The theories of sexual selection and parental investment are explained and subsequently used to highlight the evolutionary logic underlying the use of violence by… Expand
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