An earlier article by Prof. Javanbakht.
Tribalism has been an inherent part of human history, and is closely linked with fear. There has always been competition between groups of humans in different ways and with different faces, from brutal wartime nationalism to a strong loyalty to a football team. Evidence from cultural neuroscience shows that our brains even respond differently at an unconscious level simply to the view of faces from other races or cultures.
At a tribal level, people are more emotional and consequently less logical: Fans of both teams pray for their team to win, hoping God will take sides in a game. On the other hand, we regress to tribalism when afraid. This is an evolutionary advantage that would lead to the group cohesion and help us fight the other tribes to survive.
Tribalism is the biological loophole that many politicians have banked on for a long time: tapping into our fears and tribal instincts. Abuse of fear has killed in many faces: extreme nationalism, Nazism, the Ku Klux Klan and religious tribalism have all led to heartless killing of millions.How our brains can be manipulated to tribalism — https://theconversation.com/trump-the-politics-of-fear-and-racism-how-our-brains-can-be-manipulated-to-tribalism-139811
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It seems the current situation is the perfect storm for tribalism to thrive.
Thought you might find this interesting. https://thecorrespondent.com/794/this-ancient-idea-for-coping-with-uncertainty-might-be-just-what-2020-needs/950715472894-8e70ed03
Thank ou! Very thought provoking. I am a Stoic and didn’t know it.