Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Natural Security: A Darwinian Approach to a Dangerous World"

Natural Security: A Darwinian Approach to a Dangerous World is a new book by Raphael Sagarin which suggests that the United States might apply some of nature's methods to better protect the nation from terror threats. Perhaps John McCain should read it and thereby stop embarrassing himself with his 100 years of war nonsense.

"Sagarin and Taylor's Natural Security searches for the roots of political stability by studying interaction in its most fundamental forms, from genes and cells to ideology. This fresh, bold book heralds a vital integration of evolutionary analysis with real-life problems."--Richard Wrangham, Ruth B. Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology, Harvard University.

Duke University Assistant Professor Raphael Sagarin, who co-edited the book with security expert Terence Taylor, said biological organisms inherently understand they can't eliminate all risks; they have to identify and respond to only the most serious threats, or they end up wasting their resources. Wasting resources? The Pentagon ought to read this book as well.

The author says, "These models suggests the (Transportation Security Administration) would be more effective by being much more selective in whom it considers for screening, rather than trying to eliminate all risks."

I'm reminded of the idiotic quote of Don Rumsfeld - the one about going to war with the army you have, not the one you want.

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