The evolved mind: rising to the environmental challenge – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 20th, 2012 in environmental protection, news by sally

“In my 2011 post Why be nice? Human rights under pressure I explored the extent to which our limited tendencies to altruism, insofar as they have survived natural selection, could be institutionalised and enforced. In this article I apply the scientific learning on our cooperative instincts to the question of environmental regulation. I argue that whilst we seem to be hard-wired to cooperate, environmental responsibility will only be instilled under certain conditions that resonate with our evolved psychology, and that most modern environmental law fails to acknowledge these conditions.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th March 2012