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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What is critical is not so much the genetic or environmental dimension but rather
the neurobiological one . As was just argued with respect to identical twins , it
may be the sharing of a common outlook as the result of having relatively similar
These last two reasons correspond to our emphasis on the self - selection of like -
minded activists into critical positions under optimal circumstances . In examining
North ' s relationship with Bill Casey , Smith observes : “ North was in awe of ...
These figures are presented primarily for heuristic purposes , for their inability to
distinguish more carefully among those who are either trapped or overwhelmed
results in the loss of critical information . For all its flaws , however , this analysis ...
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