Biological theories of conflict

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Its main assumption is that all humans have basic human needs which they seek to fulfill, and that the denial and frustration of these needs by other groups or individuals could affect them immediately or later, thereby leading to conflict Rosati et al.

However, in environments that have a high nutritional level the reverse is true. This requires special techniques that are only now becoming possible to use with confidence in field studies.

Evidence for fetal adaptation in humans How does the developmental plasticity hypothesis fit with current epidemiological knowledge about early growth and development?

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Overall, however, the size of the effects of supplementation on mean birthweight are small. Other data from different settings also suggest rates of secular increase of this order. The opposite aim of theory would be the objectivity and detachment associated with positivism , where theory is a neutral, explanatory tool. But it needs to be managed constructively. Whether it is absolute size alone that matters is of course a moot point. Observations by survivors of Nazi concentration camps and from the siege of Leningrad have been cited 2 in support of the notion that in these extreme contexts being born small and remaining small as an adult conferred a survival advantage. While it can be argued that the minimal nutritional requirements of a small individual are going to be lower than for a large individual, whether this means that they will be more able to survive in a nutritionally marginal environment is another matter. This is associated with macrosomia, or fetal overgrowth, 26 in part through raised levels of maternal serum glucose that then leads to raised levels of glucose in the fetal circulation as originally proposed by Pedersen. This tension is central to the parent—offspring conflict theory.

It has been known for many years 39, 40 that the macrosomic offspring of women with gestational diabetes, as well as being large, are also considerably more adipose than the offspring of non-diabetic mothers.

Consensus does not preserve social order, it entrenches stratification, a tool of the current social order. In a study comparing differences in birth outcome over a 60 year period in Sweden, 10 the mean birthweight of liveborn infants in Uppsala, Sweden —24 was g.

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Conflict might be at the class level, local government level, state or even international level. At the same time, Karl Marx was aware that most of the people living in capitalist societies did not see how the system shaped the entire operation of society. A generalized thrifty phenotype There is one further crucial step in the arguments advanced in the Nature and Science papers that completes the link with the early origins of adult disease. A central tenet of the developmental plasticity hypothesis when applied to the thrifty phenotype is that adaptations are made to maximize post-natal survival of the offspring given the resources available to the fetus in utero. Buffering and maternal—offspring conflict The capacity of the mother to buffer the fetus from the nutritional stresses of the environment that she lives in will have limits. Nevertheless, what is the evidence that it is responsive to either long-term or short-term variations in the external environment experienced by the mother? Such a history of negative exchanges between groups may make it difficult for efforts to integrate different ethnic and religious groups within the society to succeed because their past interactions make it difficult for them to trust one another. The global system i. It thus traces the roots of conflict to a flaw in human nature which is seen to be selfish and engaging in the pursuit of personalized self interest defined as power. Marx wanted to replace this kind of thinking with something Friedrich Engels termed class consciousness , the workers' recognition of themselves as a class unified in opposition to capitalists and ultimately to the capitalist system itself. But where does war actually come from? While it can be argued that the minimal nutritional requirements of a small individual are going to be lower than for a large individual, whether this means that they will be more able to survive in a nutritionally marginal environment is another matter. The problem with testing this last possibility is that there are few measures of growth and development, apart from weight and other anthropometric measures at birth, for which data are widely available. This study also found that the strongest predictor of fat mass in infants of women with gestational diabetes was maternal fasting glucose. I Lenin etc, the second is the liberal structuralism represent by Ross , Scarborough and the famous Johan Garltung on structural violence.

But it can also highlight the poverty of much epidemiology, particularly in the peri-natal field. Team aggression is primarily a male drive, and while women are certainly competitive and capable of fighting bravely and ferociously, in the vast expanse of human history there is not a single record of women banding together spontaneously to attack their neighbors.

A central tenet of the developmental plasticity hypothesis when applied to the thrifty phenotype is that adaptations are made to maximize post-natal survival of the offspring given the resources available to the fetus in utero.

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The Biological Roots of Conflict