Causes Of Criminal Cannibalism

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Cannibalism, the eating of human flesh by a human being. Although cannibalism is socially absolutely unacceptable, it is completely legal in the United States of America and is surprisingly common. Cannibalism ranges from individuals who enjoy eating people to those who have a spiritual meaning behind it. There are many different types of cannibalism including sexual, ritual, nutritional, and criminal cannibalism. Cannibalism is a disputable topic, yet most people know nothing about the psychology behind it. This lead to the uncommon question: What are the psychological causes of criminal cannibalism? Cannibals are loners who are genuinely proud of their actions. Psychologists have presented many theories that debate the various factors that…show more content…
He has published over 15 books about the natural world, its enormous wonders, and its increasing vulnerability. In Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History, Schutt explains how eating one’s own kind is completely natural behavior in thousands of species, including humans. He points out the different reasons why humans have engaged in cannibalism as well as the consequences of such actions. These include psychological factors as well as cultural ones. He says that culturally, a person who acts on cannibalism may have life - threatening consequences. With his broad knowledge on natural history, Schutt discloses the “perfectly natural” biological sense that leads a person to eat another human being. He says that there is a long history of European aristocrats who ate human parts as medicine; literally every body part was used to cure something or the other. Also, he is one of the very few people who talk about sexual cannibalism and why it is an evolutionary advantage for certain animals, not including the human race. Finally, Schutt thoroughly explains how the progression of climate change may lead to outbreaks of cannibalism. He states that the ecological status of Earth will soon lead the human race to starvation and that the lack of food will then lead humans to result to cannibalism. All in all, Schutt explains how cannibalism is something completely natural, just like any other disease that takes absolute control of a person’s
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