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Question: Are nonkilling societies possible?, If yes, what should we be doing? If not, what will happen to us? CPNN article: Legacy of a Nonviolent Political Leader: Governor Guillermo Gaviria of
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Posted: Dec. 31 1999,17:00

This discussion question applies to the following articles:

Legacy of a Nonviolent Political Leader: Governor Guillermo Gaviria of
Non-Killing: A dangerous idea?
A Paradigm Shift to a Nonkilling World Future
Connecticut Legislature Considers Death Penalty Ban
Getting Clues About Peaceful Societies
Everyone can be A Center for Global Nonkilling
Killing-Free Societies Are Possible
The Seville Statement on Violence: twenty-five years later
Se cuestionan supuestos de violencia en Sudamérica
Questioning Violence-Justifying Beliefs in South America
Work of the Center for Global Nonkilling is gaining recognition
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Posted: Aug. 21 2003,05:37

"Are nonkilling societies possible?"  In 1986, A question very similar to this was given to leading scientists from around the world: "Does modern biology and social science know of any biological factors that constitute an insurmountable or serious obstacle to the goal of world peace."

Their answer was "NO!"

They examined the scientific evidence and concluded that...
...we have not inherited war from our animal ancestors
...war is not genetically programmed into our human nature
...human evolution has not selected for war
...humans do not have a "violent brain"
...there is no instinct or motivation for war

They concluded that "the same species who invented war is capable of inventing peace.  the responsibility lies with each of us."

This Statement, the Seville Statement on Violence, was later endorsed by the leading professional organizations in the relevant fields, the American Anthropological Association, American Psychological Association and American Sociological Association.

The latest newsletters about the Statement are on line for November 2002 and March 2003.

With regard to the question posted here, I especially recommend that readers look at the review of  "Killology" in the March 2003 Newsletter.
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Joe
Posted: Aug. 24 2003,15:38

Quote (David Adams @ Aug. 21 2003,05:37)
The latest newsletters about the Statement are on line for November 2002 and March 2003.

Cool....where can we find the newsletters?
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Guest
Posted: Aug. 25 2003,05:14

Quote (Joe @ Aug. 24 2003,17:38)
The latest newsletters about the Statement are on line for November 2002 and March 2003.
Cool....where can we find the newsletters?

Sorry, I forgot to give the URLs for the Seville Statement newsletters.

Here it is again with the links.

November 2002 newsletter

March 2003 newsletter

Killology review


Edited by David Adams on Aug. 25 2003,05:34
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Helen
Posted: Aug. 29 2003,19:33

David, I did read the touching letter from Gaviria to his father.
and I am glad you gave a reference to Killology. It is a great term, and probably applies to domestic violence as well as state sponsored military violence.
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CPNN Administrator
Posted: Sep. 26 2003,17:35

For more on this topic, see the review of the new book by Glenn Paige, Nonkilling Global Political Science.
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hraisz
Posted: June 13 2005,08:55

Tony, the web site you referenced in your article on Peaceful Societies is an excellent one. There is good news posted every day. A welcome addition to chase the blues away as we confront the culture of war which surrounds us.
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NGOabroad
Posted: Jan. 16 2007,12:46

I wanted to pass on some good news found in Christian Science Monitor, 1/12/07: "The number of conflicts in Africa has dropped to just five in 2005, from a peak of 16 in 2002."
Ann McLaughlin, Director, NGOabroad
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breathenjoyer
Posted: Dec. 14 2010,01:06

Of course, they are made of people.  Non-killing people are possible(of humans) so I think it's important to understand how these people communicate to themselves and how they interpret the words and actions of others.  Franz DeWaal is biologist who is explaining us as social animals with innate capacities of morality.  Any organization or person that kills really needs to listen to how peaceful people do the right thing.  Once they see how its possible, their innate capacities will take over as it has done for us.  It's a matter of belief... peace must seem like a really positive thing to do, instinctually... it's just how are human family is.  We don't fight each other like children, etc.... our self-fulfilling prophesies will always win.
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