Is the Statement up to date?
Yanomamo data - fraudulent?
Genetics, men, women and war
Do primates make war?
War abroad, violence at home
The authors of the Seville Statement on Violence were careful to point out that they were speaking as scientists and that "science is a human cultural product which cannot be definitive or all encompassing." In view of this, it is appropriate that the Seville Statement should be reviewed from time to time to see there is new scientific evidence that would require that the Statement be updated or re-interpreted.
Over the course of the 17 years since the Statement was written, there have been several claims that there is new scientific evidence - or evidence that was not taken into consideration in 1986 - that contradict or modify the assertions made in Seville. In the following pages, some of these claims are taken up and evidence presented for and against. Please consider this as the opening rather than the closing of a dialogue; it is hoped that readers will send their comments and scientific references that can be put into future issues of the newsletter.
With the above in mind, five questions are considered in the pages that follow:
1. Killology: why do soldiers need so much training to kill?
2. Yanomamo data - were they fraudulent?
3. Does genetics determine that men not women make war?
4. Do primates make war?
5. Does culture of war abroad cause culture of violence at home?