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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Rather than typologizing or over - generalizing , one will remain truer in his or her
perception of the human condition if he or she fully acknowledges the wide range
of individual variation that will likely characterize any human population .
25 ) observes that really successful species are masters of a variety of
environments ” and that the human species is ... from rigid specialization to
flexible mastery , from amoeba to humans — a great deal of ground is covered by
the rubric of ...
In human evolution , Etkin ( 1985 , p . 499 ) stresses the role of “ projective
consciousness , ” which he defines as the ability to project consciousness
beyond the immediate present , as apprehended by our sensory system , to the
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