Do Hunter-Gatherers Tell Us About Human Nature?
When many people want to discover the core of human nature, they turn to those people who allegedly are or represent humanity’s original condition, hunter-gatherers. Do hunter-gatherers have a special ability to reveal human nature? We will examine this question by focusing on the issue of violence: do hunter-gatherers say that we are inherently predisposed to violence, or to peaceful cooperation? Trying to answer this question raises a more general one: is there such a thing as human nature?