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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Now , individuals fit within our four gradations of abstract capacity as follows : 1 .
The concrete , who lack the capacity consciously to conceive the environment . 2
. The narrowly abstract , whose capacity to conceptualize the environment is ...
The functionally abstract . Able to conceive an alternative environment , this
individual may find the occasion and the incentive to try to change his or her
existing one . But if the individual consciously pursues some aim beyond his or
Table 6 . 2 reintroduces the organismenvironment interactions for abstract
abilities with the categories filled by names of subjects examined in the two
studies . We will group these names together under the general categories of
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