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8.3: Hope

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  • Is there hope for the human species? I think so. We have a millions of years before the sun engulfs us. One of the lessons of evolutionary psychology is that we do have free-will and we are not slaves to our instincts. The Upper Paleolithic revolution is an example of how quickly we can change. Skim the section on primate ethology. I believe understanding the primate origin of human behaviors helps us make cultural choices about how to suppress or embrace them.

    We are programed to destroy but also to be ethical:

    We are starting to grant legal rights for non-human primates, Here's an example in Argentina. If you haven't already, read the the bee keepers for primate conservation article

    * Primate have a sense of justice and reconciliation:

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{1}\)


    * "Get Whacked for Wildlife" 2016 campaign:

    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead

    Imagination Actions

    • Take this World Population Knowledge Quiz
    • Volunteer with a non-profit group working to increase hope in the world