As Testosterone Fell, Civilization Rose Up
|August 5, 2014||Posted by Staff under Social Change|
This 20124 excerpt of the Washington Post, Aug 1, by Rachel Feltman.
Even though modern humans started appearing around 200,000 years ago, it was only about 50,000 years ago that artistry and tool making became popular. New research shows that society bloomed when testosterone levels in humans started dropping. A paper published in the journal Current Anthropology, suggests that a testosterone deficit facilitated the friendliness and cooperation between humans, which lead to modern society. “Whatever the cause, reduced testosterone levels enabled increasingly social people to better learn from and cooperate with each other, allowing the acceleration of cultural and technological innovation that is the hallmark of modern human success,” says University of Utah biology graduate student Robert Cieri.
Ed. Notes: So, for civilization to really progress, beyond mere domestication which is all it is for most humans, does that mean the male sex hormone must fall again? Should people with too much testosterone be denied the right to vote or bear arms? Can people with abundant testosterone teach others how to deal with their hormonal mates? Should parents of a child with the DNA for high production be required to raise the child using certain techniques of nonviolent conflict resolution? What does it mean for reformers who try to advance sharing and the notion of a common wealth? Should they target the “fairer” sex?