Humans are a tribal species. We evolved in small bands of hunters and gatherers. Close collaboration within your group and scepticism towards any outsiders was a precondition for survival. Later, humans organized in larger groups called tribes, which had more complex social structures. This was the dominant organizational pattern for most of human existence. Tribalism brought some of humanity’s most positive traits, such as collaboration, community and altruism, but also some of its most despicable ones like nationalism, intolerance and bigotry.

Once you pay attention, you can still see tribal behavior everywhere. We think we’re incredibly sophisticated now, flying to…

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