The Subconscious War
Media, Reality and a Culture of Violence



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The Subconscious War
Media, Reality and a Culture of Violence

 
In the course of evolution, the modern human brain has been shrinking over the past 28,000 years.

Demographic studies have indicated that in humans, fertility and intelligence tend to be negatively correlated—that is to say, the more intelligent, as measured by IQ, exhibit a lower total fertility rate than the less intelligent.

The present rate of decline is predicted to be 1.34 IQ points per decade.



The causes of violent behavior in humans are often topics of research in psychology and sociology. Violent behavior is defined as intentional physically aggressive behavior against another person.

Scientists do agree violence is inherent in humans.


War is a state of prolonged violent large-scale conflict involving two or more groups of people, usually under the auspices of government.

War is fought as a means of resolving territorial and other conflicts, as war of aggression to conquer territory or loot resources, in national self-defense, or to suppress attempts of part of the nation to secede from it.

Since the Industrial Revolution, the lethality of modern warfare has steadily grown. World War I casualties were over 40 million and World War II casualties were over 70 million.


It is estimated that during the 20th century between 167 and 188 million humans died as a result of war.

Techniques include hand to hand combat, the use of ranged weapons, Naval warfare, and, more recently, air support. Military intelligence has often played a key role in determining victory and defeat.

Propaganda, which often includes information, slanted opinion and disinformation, plays a key role in maintaining unity within a warring group, and/or sowing discord among opponents.

In the course of evolution, the modern human brain has been shrinking over the past 28,000 years.

The male brain has decreased from 1,500 cc to 1,350 cc while the female brain has shrunk by the same relative proportion. For comparison, Homo erectus, a relative of humans, had a brain size of 1,100 cc.

The limbic system is a set of brain structures which seemingly support a variety of functions including emotion, behavior, long term memory, and olfaction.

Humans are very similar to other primates in their propensity towards intra-species violence; It is estimated that 64% of hunter-gather societies engage in warfare every two years.

Although it has been argued that warfare is a cultural artifact, many anthropologists dispute this, noting that small human tribes exhibit similar patterns of violence to chimpanzee groups, the most murderous of the primates, and one of two of our nearest living genetic relatives.

The "higher" functions of reason and speech are more developed in the brain of humans than other primates, but the relative size of the limbic system is a constant in apes, monkeys, and humans. The combination of inventiveness and urge to violence in humans has been cited as evidence against its long term survival.