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From the very beginning, life on Earth has been defined by war. Today, those first wars continue to be fought around and literally inside us, influencing our individual behavior and that of civilization as a whole. War between populations - whether between different species or between rival groups of humans - is seen as an inevitable part of the evolutionary process. The popular concept of "the survival of the fittest" explains and often excuses these actions.
In Population Wars, Greg Graffin points to where the mainstream view of evolutionary theory has led us astray. That misunderstanding has allowed us to justify wars on every level, whether against bacterial colonies or human societies, even when other, less violent solutions may be available. Through tales of mass extinctions, developing immune systems, human warfare, the American industrial heartland, and our degrading modern environment, Graffin demonstrates how an oversimplified idea of war, with its victorious winners and vanquished losers, prevents us from responding to the real problems we face. Along the way, Graffin reveals a paradox: When we challenge conventional definitions of war, we are left with a new problem - how to define ourselves.
©2015 Greg Graffin (P)2015 Tantor
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"Through compelling examples and page-turning storytelling, Graffin shows how we got here and what we can do about it." (Michael Shermer, author of The Moral Arc)
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By Geoffrey Brown on 08-18-17

A multifaceted trip through the meaning of life

I bought the book as a fan of Bad Religion and Greg's previous book. As someone accusotom to Greg's voice as lead singer, not having him read his book was a bit distracting. This book also weaves an autobiographical thread into the story which feels odd as the narrator is in first person. Overall the book is an interesting listen for a broader perspective on life as we know it and how we fit into it.

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By Abraham R. Herrick-Rough on 05-16-16

Life Changing Book. No other like it.

LOVED IT. I've always had HUGE respect Greg Graffin since I first heard him sing in Bad Religion, and reading his thesis, then his books has done nothing but increase that respect. Having had the honor of meeting him in person twice was the two of the greatest moments in my life, and I value each piece of knowledge he shares with the world.

He inspires me to be a better Steward Of The Environment. Cheers to his all his works, and I hope he inspires more like me to come, so our world can achieve the Symbiosis he speaks of.

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