History and Historiography

The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months

By Rutger Bregman

The Guardian

A still from the 1963 film of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.

For centuries western culture has been permeated by the idea that humans are selfish creatures. That cynical image of humanity has been proclaimed in films and novels, history books and scientific research. But in the last 20 years, something extraordinary has happened. Scientists from all over the world have switched to a more hopeful view of mankind. This development is still so young that researchers in different fields often don’t even know about each other.

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