PhD-possessing punk singer Greg Graffin has weighed in on evolutionary theory and war in many ways throughout his career with Bad Religion. Now, he's challenging people's misconceptions behind using "survival of the fittest" as an excuse for war in a new book called Population Wars: A New Perspective on Competition and Coexistence.
The tome arrives September 15 through Thomas Dunne Books and follows Graffin's 2009 book Anarchy Evolution. A press release for the upcoming offering describes it as a "new perspective on the biological roots of competition."
Graffin is said to attack an oversimplification of evolutionary theory, with regards to conflict and war. He argues that this "mistake has allowed us to justify wars even when other, less violent solutions may be available."
The press release adds: "Through tales of mass extinctions, developing immune systems, human warfare, the American industrial heartland, and our degrading modern environment, Graffin demonstrates how an over-simplified idea of war, with its victorious winners and vanquished losers, prevents us from responding to the real problems we face."
Supplementing Graffin's words will be a bonus 7-inch of acoustic versions of songs from the Bad Religion catalogue. It's explained that the cuts in question, including Against the Grain's "Faith Alone" and Generator's "The Answer," were influential to the making of the book.
Pre-orders for Population Wars are being taken over here.
In related news, Bad Religion are out on tour, and you can read Exclaim!'s review of last night's (June 25) Winnipeg show here.
Population Wars Acoustic 7-inch:
1. Faith Alone
2. The Answer
3. Past is Dead
4. Fields of Mars