Population Wars: A New Perspective on Competition and Coexistence

Greg Graffin Caroline Greeven

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Population Wars: A New Perspective on Competition and Coexistence

Population Wars A New Perspective on Competition and Coexistence From the very beginning life on Earth has been defined by war Today those first wars continue to be fought around and inside us influencing our individual behavior and that of civilization as a whol

  • Title: Population Wars: A New Perspective on Competition and Coexistence
  • Author: Greg Graffin Caroline Greeven
  • ISBN: 9781250017628
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the very beginning, life on Earth has been defined by war Today those first wars continue to be fought around and inside us, influencing our individual behavior and that of civilization as a whole War between populations whether between different species or between rival groups of humans is seen as an inevitable part of the evolutionary process The popular conceptFrom the very beginning, life on Earth has been defined by war Today those first wars continue to be fought around and inside us, influencing our individual behavior and that of civilization as a whole War between populations whether between different species or between rival groups of humans is seen as an inevitable part of the evolutionary process The popular concept of survival of the fittest explains and often excuses these actions.In Population Wars, Greg Graffin points to where the mainstream view of evolutionary theory has led us astray That misunderstanding has allowed us to justify wars on every level, whether against bacterial colonies or human societies, even when other, less violent solutions may be available Through tales of mass extinctions, developing immune systems, human warfare, the American industrial heartland, and our degrading modern environment, Graffin demonstrates how an oversimplified idea of war, with its victorious winners and vanquished losers, prevents us from responding to the real problems we face Along the way, Graffin reveals a paradox When we challenge conventional definitions of war, we are left with a new problem how to define ourselves.Population Wars is a paradigm shifting book about why humans behave the way they do and the ancient history that explains that behavior In reading it, you ll see why we need to rethink the reasons for war, not only the human military kind but also Darwin s war of nature, and find hope for a less violent future for mankind.

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    1. Tim on said:

      "Perhaps the real 'hell' of war is that you can never really win one."This evocative quote, from Greg Graffin's new book Population Wars: A New Perspective On Competition and Coexistence, elucidates the dilemma that faces humanity and the lesson we have failed to learn. Graffin demonstrates how war's ultimate goal of eradication of the enemy never actually occurs and that the "defeated" population in war continue to exist. Graffin believes that war is ultimately a by-product of population growth [...]

    2. Joshua Chaplinsky on said:

      From my Bookshots review at LitReactor:Population Wars offers a fascinating perspective on the age-old idea of Survival of the Fittest. Graffin explains why coexistence—not competition—is what drives evolution, citing biological, economic, and environmental examples, from pipe-dwelling bacteria to Native American populations during the revolutionary war. He posits that the more science learns of life's shared ancestry, the more connected we become, and the less conflict makes sense. Homo sap [...]

    3. Zawn V on said:

      I wanted to love this book. I really did. How can you not like a punk rocker-turned-scientist-turned-author? I support any science writer who wants to overturn the current trend of naturalizing everything from poverty to sexism. But this book failed on every level. It is dreadful. Utterly dreadful. I suspect that a number of positive reviews are the result of general support for the book's thesis, or for Graffin himself, because I have a hard time believing that anyone can view this book as well [...]

    4. Trevor on said:

      What I really want to read is a book where Greg Graffin takes the subject matter from one song from each Bad Religion album and each one a chapter. I did like this book (3.5) although it did meander at times. My favorite line was, "It may sound peculiar coming from an old punk rocker, but I strongly believe that governmental policies are the only viable way to administer our long-term success as a species. I guess you could say that my attitude of “fuck the government” is still intact. But i [...]

    5. Ry on said:

      Solid work by Graffin here!This book puts a spin on evolution that focuses on assimilation of populations- and draws interesting parallels with life at all levels from microbial to human - from extinct to existing.Graffin makes it clear indeed- that we are a confused and misled species that needs to change before we self destruct.Yet he seems hopeful-"we can shift our ethical focus to managing the most fundamental factor in our evolution, the environment."Truly a good read.

    6. Alysson on said:

      Insightful book by an extremely intelligent author. Greg Graffin, vocalist of Bad Religion, shares his vast knowledge in a sort of call-to-arms--- hoping that the people of this world will finally WAKE UP. Rather than focusing on hating each other, hating neighboring countries, and trying to win hopeless 'wars' of every shape and size, let us instead work together so the human race isn't just a species of the past.

    7. Anthony on said:

      What a fantastic read! The theory and calls to action posed by the author in this book are truly thought provoking. He does a masterful job of highlighting the need for coexistence and peace, and the true origins and meaning behind conflict. Highly recommend this book!

    8. Ryan Mishap on said:

      The main theme of this tome is that populations--as defined scientifically not generally--have always come into contact with each other throughout earth's history and this contact has always bred conflict, then compromise and assimilation. The secondary theme is that evolution/natural selection does not rest on a bloody foundation of competition but on symbiosis, compromise, and adaptation. Based on these themes, Graffin argues that humans are not only capable of managing their environments and [...]

    9. Tuna on said:

      Population Wars subtitle suggests that the book would provide a new perspective on competition and coexistence. The writer, frontman and songwriter for a band called Bad Religion as well as holder of degrees in Zoology, Anthropology, and Geology, attempts to provide a new perspective on in about 250 or so pages.I enjoyed most of the book that was focused on leading theories put forth from Darwin’s Origin of Species: survival of the fittest and natural selection. Survival of the fittest was an [...]

    10. Leann on said:

      Although, I enjoyed parts of this book, it did take me a while to finish. Not because it is a tough read, I just kept getting distracted by other books. Graffin's viewpoint of coexistence driving survival of populations is an interesting take on "survival of the fittest" and one I found myself agreeing with. Fitting his stance on war into the framework of this book's science based arguments gave more weight to it.

    11. Shiloh Cleofe on said:

      Fascinating exploration of history, microbiology, evolution, geology and personal stories. The diverse topics are well integrated and the book has a good flow that keeps you engaged. Definitely recommend. I was tickled anytime I saw Bad Religion lyricsobal citizen.n interest stories

    12. Cassie Eacker on said:

      Leftover from Book Riot Challenge 2016: "A book about politics"I couldn't be happier to have finished this one. Not only because it has taken me far too long, but because it has a great message and contains a whole hell of a lot of learnin'. There were parts where it felt a little too dense, it ended marvelously and is very impactful. I highly recommend it.

    13. Teresa on said:

      I have to admit I'm likely primed to like Graffin's conclusions through his lyrics but nevertheless I recognize there are some flaws in the book wherein I did not agree and the prose simply rambled on and on. The core lesson of the book is essentially that annihilation (war, destruction) is untenable and unnatural rather we need to coexist and act as stewards. I'm totally with him on this. By using the biological definition of populations (not the literary or common use one), Graffin correlates [...]

    14. Aaron on said:

      while the book undoubtedly possessed erudite analysis on various topics there was far too much glossing over and cherry picking on others. ultimately, though, the book boils down to Greg's exortations of "stewardship." something he only vaguely outlines. his examples of stewardship mostly came from his own personal, paltry activities at his farm. which just came across as sanctimonious. if you like greg, you'll enjoy the book, as I did. but it's not really a seminal or ground breaking work in th [...]

    15. David Ketelsen on said:

      Population Wars by Greg Graffin is a very interesting book that explores the author's take on evolution, free will, and how life actually works on our planet. There's a lot that I disagree with in this book but as a result it was a stimulating read and one that I strongly recommend for others.Graffin is best known as the lead singer and song writer for Bad Religion, an LA based Punk rock band that was formed in 1979, but is also a lecturer at Cornell University in upstate NY, where he received h [...]

    16. R on said:

      Maybe it's because Greg Graffin has been such a huge fixture in my life ever since I started listening to his music back in high school, but this book could basically be summed up as "My world view, the book" in it I found many of my assumptions about the nature of well nature, and humans place in it to be codified and verified with science. I've long had an interest in all things paleontological, but also in the modern geo-political world, this is the first book I have ever read to create the c [...]

    17. Jon Vincek on said:

      free giveaway winner: Dr. Graffin's latest book does a good job of explaining the importance of coexistence that is needed in the world. Through various examples, he shows the reader how the natural world is able to regulate itself and come to a balance. He also shows how man can find a way to live with the natural world as well with a large human population.His message of being a steward of the earth is one that should be taught across cultures and ideologies. The simple fact is we are all in i [...]

    18. StevenWetter on said:

      Greg Graffin, PhD in Zoology and Lead singer of the band Bad Religion, gives an in depth look at the existence and survival of populations as they thrive and/or fail in the world as we know it. Explaining the need for cooperation, assimilation and many other factors from the first bacteria to human beings today. He uses the northeastern native American tribes as a primary example of how our society in American has come to be as it is today. I truly enjoyed the personal depth he put into this boo [...]

    19. StevenWetter on said:

      Population WarsGreg Graffin is not only one of my favorite song writers, but a captivating and educational writer as well. Greg Graffin s lyrics from his band Bad Religion have inspired and helped guide me to my own individual mentality and philosophies since the late 1980's. Now I find his books stimulating my mind and my awareness of society and nature as a whole. I particularly enjoyed how he didn't just focus on the human population, but gave the timeline for a few species of life that does [...]

    20. Lynn on said:

      My favorite (among many) quote from this book:Successful people tend to believe that they acquired their status and fortune through hard work and wise administration, period! Sometimes…“rich and famous” people [hail] themselves as wizards, geniuses, or miracle workers without ever acknowledging or considering other people’s roles in the equation. This attitude can be characterized as self-important. The more realistic among us are keenly aware of the people and past circumstances that ai [...]

    21. Kent on said:

      Graffin does great job explaining and giving examples of Population Wars and how it affects the planet and everything that lives here. His goal here is to show that war among populations is inevitable, but with knowledge of evolutionary science and how populations exist together, we can start to put our energies more toward bettering the planet and less toward trying to annihilate each other. It's a great read for those who are Bad Religion fans and for those who are into evolution and science.

    22. Scott on said:

      This book is a deep look at how we must maintain and improve our current standing in the world rather than try to eliminate the things that are "dangerous". It is extremely detailed on failed attempts of forced assimilation and encourages the idea of coexistence to maintain, and possibly improve, the world we now occupy.

    23. Paula Kirman on said:

      A lot more scientific than his first book (which was more of a memoir), Population Wars examines evolutionary theory and why wars and the erosion of the environment are very bad things in terms of the continuation of human existence.

    24. Josh on said:

      While not as generally approachable as Anarchy Evolution, Graffin's latest is an engaging read. He clearly illustrates why evolution succeeds better with coexistence than with competition and why we need to be stewards of our environment.

    25. Roadie on said:

      Really interesting and insightful thoughts on using science to explain social and sociatal interactions. The ultimate message of having to work together to protect and preserve the environment is reenforced and powerful. However only 4 stars since there are some parts that seem unnecesarily dense.

    26. Chris on said:

      As usual Greg Graffin writes a book that makes me think. Throughout the entire book he postulates a unique approach to how populations exist amd interact with each other. By viewing this interaction we can gain insight in how to better maintain the planet.

    27. Joseph on said:

      Not a bad book at all-there are many excellent ideas explored here, although I think that there is room for improvement, particularly in his delivery. Definitely worth a read by anyone interested in Evolutionary Science.Read the complete review in The Thugbrarian Review @ wp/p4pAFB-wL

    28. Shawn Camp on said:

      Great!Very easy to follow and understand worldview that rethinks our role in the world. Plus a glimpse into his personal and professional career makes this an enjoyable exercise.

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