Genes, Brains, and Politics: Self-selection and Social Life
Praeger, 1993 - 193 sidor
White moves from a simple proposition maintaining that all individuals seek suitable surroundings to propose a provocative approach to social and political action. Rooting his position in modern life sciences and particularly in sociobiology and neurobiology, he establishes an IMPish model that is interactional, mentalist, and populational. Interactional in that both heredity and environment are credited for due influence on individuals' traits; mentalist in that individuals' actions can be purposeful rather than simply determined; and populational in his insistence that the unique persona must not be slighted in the rush to fashion statistics.
Applying his behavioral principles most notably relevant to self-selection and using examples derived from modern political action, White examines the importance of these fundamental orientations in the social and political orders. The work has implications for policy assessment and re-formulation. It constitutes a challenge to much of the widely accepted contemporary political theory and public policy approaches.
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Spacetime horizon is defined here as the capacity to transcend conceptually one
' s immediate place in space and time . Referring to time , this capacity involves “
a person ' s ability to act in the present in the light of his anticipation of relatively ...
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abilities , whether these abilities are ... It is the metacognitive capacity to envision
alternative environments that would fit this description of a “ quite general ” ability
Such people tend to share not any one particular ability . . . but rather a higher -
order ability to capitalize upon whatever abilities they have in their work and to
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