Radiolab, inspired by science journalist and teacher John Horgan (http://www.johnhorgan.org/), asked a slew of people in New Jersey, “Will humans ever stop fighting wars?” According to Horgan, who has been asking people this question for over ten years, Americans have become wildly pessimistic about the chance that we will ever stop fighting wars. (podcast here: http://www.radiolab.org/2009/oct/19/ ).
At this meetup we will ask ourselves the same question, “Will humans ever stop fighting wars?” and discuss our reasons why we think we will or will not. In addition I would like to discuss the utility of war, both past, present, and future. John Horgan discusses int his podcast that in the 10+ years he has asked this question the usual answer has changed. 10 years ago the overwhelming answer was yes, but in recent years most people say no. We will also discuss why society has changed their answer.