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Commentary: Male instincts and the appeal of war

Posted: April 6, 2014 at 5 a.m.

The most obvious example of the "modernity paradox" -- the contradictions between science and primitive beliefs -- is modern warfare. Past wars killed and maimed combatants, while leaving most non-combatants and infrastructure intact. Beginning with aerial bombing in World War II, modern wars have been fought in the midst of civilians, and have often even been aimed directly at civilians.

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