Accession Number : ADA552999


Title :   The Nature of War Theory


Descriptive Note : Strategy Research Project


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Olsen, Paul B


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a552999.pdf


Report Date : 10 Mar 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 34


Abstract : Today s advances in evolutionary biology are unifying competing theories of natural selection and serve as a timely call for a similar unification of competing theories of war. This paper explores the relationship between war and natural selection by first examining war s biological origins, and then placing them within a multidisciplinary framework called the Nature of War Theory. This theory, as its name implies, reconciles natural selection and war to reveal a shared overarching and paradoxical duality, displaying that war is characterized by the simultaneous violent interplay of evolutionary individual-level and group-level adaptations, manifested by individualist and altruistic wars, respectively, and highlighted by trends and insights recognizable to both students of war and evolutionary biology.


Descriptors :   *EVOLUTION(BIOLOGY) , *SOCIOLOGY , *THEORY , BEHAVIOR , PATTERNS , SELECTION , SHARING , STUDENTS , SYNCHRONISM , TIMELINESS , WARFARE


Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Psychology


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE