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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The most insatiable and acquisitive young mind in America was on the hunt for
knowledge and would have found it in a desert . ” Such an inquisitive , wide -
ranging mind embraced the widest space - time horizon . Wright ( 1986 , p .
105 ) of Washington ' s intellect : “ His mind was great and powerful , without
being of the very first order ; his penetration strong , though not so acute as that of
a Newton , Bacon , or Locke . ” If compliments can be backhanded so slights can
It should be the highest ambition of every American , ” Washington wrote , “ to
extend his views beyond himself , and to bear in mind that this conduct will not
only affect himself , his country , and his immediate posterity ; but that its influence
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