EVOLUTIONARY ASPECTS OF DISEASE AVOIDANCE The Role of Disease in the Development of Complex Society
By Niccolo Caldararo
Published: February 23, 2012.
Avoiding disease certainly has value to the individual in escaping pain, suffering and death. It would seem obvious that mechanisms would evolve to enhance the ability of an individual to recognize and avoid contact leading to infection or exposure to infection. Social animals especially display evidence of behavior that avoid or limit disease and death.