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Friday Nite Videos | June 18, 2021

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Election Officials Are Under Attack. Iko Iko | Playing for Change. The One and Only Dick Gregory | Documentary. New Study Shows the Single Biggest Motivation for the Jan. 6 Rioters. Why It Actually Might Be 'Survival of the Friendliest.'

'Lord of the Flies,' Revisited

Jim Hightower Common Dreams
In striving to institute a culture of justice, it's self-defeating to assume humankind is innately selfish, as Golding did in "Lord of the Flies." Rather, we should rally the majority, appealing to their natural instincts for an egalitarian society.

Survival of the Friendliest

Kelly Clancy Nautilus
It’s time to give the violent metaphors of evolution a break. For those most invested in the old-school Darwinian view of the survival of the fittest and violence as virtue, then, the message is clear: Just relax.

The Woman Who Stared at Wasps

Veronique Greenwood Quantum Magazine
Cooperative colonies — ants, termites, and some wasps and bees — have fascinated scientists for more than a century because they pose an evolutionary conundrum. Only a very small number of insects actually get to reproduce: the queens and their mates. The rest give up their chance to contribute to the gene pool, caring for the offspring of others instead. How did this lifestyle, known as eusociality, evolve?

The Selfless Gene

Olivia Judson The Atlantic
It’s easy to see how evolution can account for the dark streaks in human nature—the violence, treachery, and cruelty. But how does it produce kindness, generosity, and heroism?

Frans de Waal -- Moral Behavior in Animals

Empathy, cooperation, fairness and reciprocity -- caring about the well-being of others seems like a very human trait. But Frans de Waal shares some surprising videos of behavioral tests, on primates and other mammals, that show how many of these moral traits all of us share.

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