Hard-wiring, Sociobiology

From: Y
Sent: Monday, September 23, 2019 4:53 AM
To: wblock@loyno.edu
Subject: question about Paper; Hard-wired for explicit cooperation

Dear Walter,

On the Mance Rayder podcast you mentioned people being Hard-wired for explicit cooperation.

I’ve read the PDF/Paper, https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/here-is-one-of-my-best-scholarly-papers-ever/

Maybe I’ve misread the point but… I don’t understand why this would be the case, and would like to understand it clearly….

Explicit cooperation means coerced cooperation, right?

So if one coerces, the rest (majority) obeys. You would think the coercer, the alpha male, would lead the pack and be the one passing on (more of) his ‘coercive behaviorally’ genes (assuming this behaviour is (partly) genetically based)? ….well….apparently not because here we are today hard-wired towards accepting explicit cooperation, intuitively feeling normal about it.

This is a contradiction right?

Then again, maybe I just don’t understand the paper :- )

Would appreciate some additional explanation…



From: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>
Sent: Monday, September 23, 2019 10:38 AM
To: Y
Subject: RE: question about Paper; Hard-wired for explicit cooperation

Dear Y:

No, explicit cooperation does NOT mean coerced cooperation?

Rather, it means benevolence. You’re choking. I give you the Heimlich maneuver. That’s explicit cooperation. Up close and personal.

You have a sore throat. You buy some cough drops. I work for a cough drop manufacturer. I never see you. I don’t touch you. I don’t know you. That’s implicit cooperation.

Best regards,



2:57 am on October 10, 2019