What can chimpanzees teach us about human nature?

Chris Knight of the Radical Anthropology Group explores the relationship between sex, language and culture

Many Darwinians argue that humans are basically apes, who are rank-conscious and violent, and that is why we have rape, war, hierarchy and inequality. As Darwin argued, we must have evolved from a primate, chimp-like ancestor, so it is no surprise that we are genetically very close. And if you think genes determine behaviour then it makes sense to argue that you cannot change human nature, so socialism is an unworkable dream.

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Letters

Fools; Monoglots; Wandering who?; Wrong; Socialism on trial; Sceptics; A T-shirt away; Traumatic cuts; Alien oil

A well-ordered militia

The Greens are under attack because of their ‘insane’ attitude towards the army. Meanwhile, observes Jack Conrad, the left continues its cowardly silence

Expel the Blairite traitors

Eddie Ford says Milburn and Hutton are doing their best to discredit Ed Miliband’s NHS plans. They are acting as Tory agents

In mortal danger

At the end of the miners strike in 1984-85 the question became whether it was possible to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Renzi in command

There is no doubting who the main loser is following the election of the new president, reports Toby Abse

A game of chicken

Who will blink first - Alexis Tsipras or Angela Merkel? Possibly neither, worries Paul Demarty

Oppression and western values

Democracy comes from below, not above, says Peter Manson

Up the pace

You're getting better, but Robbie Rix is a hard man to keep happy

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