What a relief to discover, as postmodernists have understood for years, that reality is a social construct! If the bully is fixating on depositing speed bumps on your son's face, you can console yourself with the laboratory results.
The scary thing about this humanistic thought process is that these people actually believe humans can be remolded like laboratory animals into completely peaceful behavior. This delusional idealism is nothing new. Massachusetts legislator Horace Mann, prominent in the 1830s, was instrumental in an education reform movement that eventually led to centralized control of education in this country. He believed that through social transformation in the public schools, "nine-tenths of the crimes in the penal code would become obsolete."
Those peddling the notion that war can be made obsolete have a political agenda as well. That shoe drops in the last paragraph of the Times article, in which Angier quotes Dr. Frans de Waal, a primatologist and professor of psychology (a horrifying combination in my view) at Emory University. De Waal and others, says Angier, believe "the way to foment peace is to encourage interdependency among nations."
I'm far from an isolationist or protectionist, considering myself a free trader. But there is a dangerous trend in this country to forfeit our sovereignty, from the Supreme Court relying on foreign law, to pressure to join the International Criminal Court, to the drive to cede our authority over environmental decisions to international bodies hostile to America, capitalism and Western Civilization.
These humanistic types just don't seem to understand that sin is part of human nature and wars are not the result of genetics, but of our spiritual condition. If the way to war is through international cooperation to the point of "fixation" on one world government, count me out. This government would probably resort to "mass sedation or a Marshall Plan for our DNA." There are certain things worse than peace.