The Peaceful Beast Within Us

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 28–29. Reviews the book, Aggression and Peacefulness in Humans and Other Primates edited by James Silverberg and J. Patrick Gray (1992). This book is based on a colloquium that is based, in turn, on another colloquium. At the beginning was the Seville Statement on Violence (SSV), drafted by 20 scholars at the Sixth International Colloquium on Brain and Aggression at the University of Seville, in Seville, Spain in May, 1986. The statement (SSV) was supported and disseminated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and was intended to dispel the belief that human beings are disposed to war as a result of innate, biologically determined traits. The SSV became the stimulus for this book based on a symposium at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in 1987. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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