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Criticism of Michelle Wolf, Kanye West shows our coalition instinct

Last year, John Tooby, a founder of evolutionary psychology, was asked by the website Edge.org what scientific concept should be more widely known. He argued for something called the "coalition instinct."

In our natural environment, humans form coalitions. Coalitions are slightly different from tribes, families or nations in that those are all groups we are involuntarily born into. Coalitions are the teams we join.

"Coalitions," Tooby explained, "are sets of individuals interpreted by their members

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