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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... repetition , and permanence — attributes that are perhaps not even applicable
to the physical universe over its entire lifespan , but which certainly appear
inapplicable to animal life . An understanding of the evolutionary process
involves the ...
... Thomas Jefferson , Alexander Hamilton , and James Madison , Washington
appears eclipsed by their brilliance . ... in conjunction with Washington ' s prudent
, judicious character , his mind was slow to move and so could appear to be dull .
Might one transcend economic class in part or altogether , as Franklin appears to
do , and identify with the people more generally ? Is this not what communist
theorists from Marx and Engels through Lenin and Mao appear to do , rising
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