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Human nature is often cited as an explanation for behavior—not a result. But as Eric Michael Johnson of The Primate Diaries explains, human nature is as much a product of individual actions as it is a driving force. And knowing how social structures arise out of individual patterns of behavior may help us adapt to changing environments, particularly in the face of climate change. Eric is hopeful that evidence of resource-sharing behavior in other species can provide insight and direction to our own: “It’s somewhat reassuring to know that, while our individual actions will continue to be important, there may be natural systems in place to help shape the outcome whether we’re aware of it happening or not.”