Biology, Politics and Human Tribes

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We're all animals, competing with other species and with our kind to copy our DNA into the next generation. That's what evolution designs animals to do, those that fail going extinct. We humans organize ourselves into tribes, that compete with other tribes. And within each tribe, we organize ourselves into myriad smaller groups that also compete for the mates and resources needed to copy our DNA. That's what we Americans are doing in Iraq, that's what the Sunnis and Shiites and Kurds are doing, as well as al Qaeda and assorted other groups. This set of essays is about tribalism as it plays out in various parts of the world.

Links to Earlier Columns

Tribes and the Immigration Problem

A Shrine Blows Up (2/23/06)

Humans: Tribal Animals

Leaving Iraq (11/4/03)

Shaping a New Iraq (9/14/03)

The Biology of the Iraq War (3/19/03)

The Trouble With North Korea (11/13/03)

Math -- Different Topic: Solving Simultaneous Linear Equations by the Gauss and Gauss-Jordan Methods