The Lure of Death: Suicide and Human Evolution

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Publication Type: Journal Article
Authors: Humphrey, N
Year of Publication: In Press
Journal: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society
Date Published: In Press
Publication Language: eng
Keywords: Consciousness, Human evolution, Suicide
Abstract:

At some point in evolutionary history, human beings came to understand, as no nonhuman animals do, that death brings to an end a person’s bodily and mental presence in the world. A potentially devastating consequence was that individuals, seeking to escape physical or mental pain, might choose to kill themselves.
 

DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2017.0269
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