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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is to believe that the environment by itself or the genes by themselves wholly
determine each of our characteristics; ... No single interactional perspective,
however, can be mechanically applied, for genetic and environmental influences
A mentalist perspective does not deny the influence of irrational or of blindly
internal or external factors of genetic or environmental origin. It simply denies that
all conscious thoughts can be understood solely by reference to lower-level
269), each individual seeks and selects the environment that fits him best. On an
instinctive level such self-selection ... environmental backgrounds, the propensity
to bond should increase. The ultimate test of this proposition involves identical ...
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