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The dangerous denial of dangerous instincts

Through evolutionary selection we have inherited instincts to fear and hate—and also to cooperate within a group. The sooner we start admitting to this, the better

By Robert Neild  

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi ©Balkis Press/ABACA/PA Images

The bloodshed in and around the Islamic world and the outburst of hostility to refugees and other migrants in Europe and the United States are so horrifying that it is hard to believe what is going on. It is hard to see why the leaders of Islamic State, and indeed leaders like Donald Trump who turn away those fleeing from IS, are being so horrible—and so successful. The principal explanation, I believe, is simple but one that people are reluctant…

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