The Lure of Death: Suicide and Human Evolution

Bibliographic Collection: 
CARTA-Inspired Publication
Publication Type: Journal Article
Authors: Humphrey, N
Year of Publication: 2018
Journal: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B
Volume: 373
Issue: 1754
Date Published: 09/2018
Publication Language: eng
Keywords: Consciousness, Human evolution, Suicide

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