Our Base Instincts

Illustration courtesy of María Elena (Mani) Hinojosa

It’s a common trope that humans and nature are at odds. That nature is harmonious, balanced, measured, wise and fair, while humans are greedy, evil, stupid, violent, selfish, tribal and reckless.

Yet nature is full of horrors. Male lions are known to kill cubs sired by other males. If food is scarce, storks and other birds will throw some of their babies out of their…

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