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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Self-selection and Social Life Elliott White. Brains , Bonds , and Self - Selection
To paraphrase C . D . Darlington ( 1969 , p . 269 ) , each individual seeks and
selects the environment that fits him best . On an instinctive level such self -
Neurophysiological tests indicate that identical twins share common brain wave
patterns ( see Lykken 1981 ) . It may be literally true that when such twins enjoy
each other ' s companionship they are indeed on the same wave length .
One final note : It is important to remember that during the last two years of his life
William Casey had a brain tumor . Anderson ( 1988 , p . 348 ) emphasizes that
this period , culminating in Casey ' s death on May 7 , 1987 , following a brain ...
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