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The Evolutionary Psychology Behind Politics: How Conservatism and Liberalism Evolved Within Humans Hardcover – July 17, 2014


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Federalist Publications (July 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982947941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982947944
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A real stab to the heart!
Michael
Additionally, Evolutionary Psychology also explains why leftists are at best lukewarm about their country, and at worst treasonous.
Matt W.
This book is very interesting.
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60 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Matt W. on August 14, 2013
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This book sounds like the typical self-aggrandizing theories that liberals come up with to "explain" why they're so much smarter than conservatives... or does it? Anonymous Conservative's theory has reams of scientific studies backing it, most notably the countless studies showing that liberals and conservatives have significantly different brain structures. Evolutionary Psychology is a must-read for the simple fact that there's nothing out there quite like it.

For starters, the book's tone is surprisingly even-handed and polite. Despite Anonymous Conservative's (obvious) political bias, he reports his findings and speculations in a clinical, scientific tone. This goes wonders towards convincing the reader of the correctness--or at least plausibility--of his theory. The battalion of sources and footnotes buttressing his argument also helps. Despite this, Anonymous Conservative doesn't lard up the text with overly-complex terminology or obscure terms; his writing is clean enough to convey his ideas in one shot.

The other reason why you need to read Evolutionary Psychology is because its central thesis is the most accurate and plausible explanation for our current state of affairs that you'll ever find.

The gist of Evolutionary Psychology is that liberalism and conservatism are outgrowths of two types of evolutionary strategies in humans, K-selection and r-selection. K-selection breeds children to compete (and win) in a hostile world with scarce resources through a high-investment, two-parent upbringing, late sexual maturation (and monogamy), sexual dimorphism, and loyalty to the in-group.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By kenr on February 18, 2014
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You can Thank political Commentator Bill Whittle (PJTV) for the shout out on this book I bought on his recommendation.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Numinous Dreamer on July 17, 2014
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I have mixed feelings/thoughts about this book. As a more conservative person, I resonate with the primary ideas. I know they come from the biological sciences and like I said, they resonate. I do think there is, as Thomas Sowell says, a "Conflict of Visions" at work here, or as Anon. says, a conflict of psychologies and strategies. So that's the positive part.

However, it is very pedantically written. Too much repetition and a sly way of evaluating r strategies as "bad" with K strategies as "good." It isn't un-biased at all. I don't care about that, but it purports to be unbiased which definitely isn't true. But the biggest problem is just in the writing itself. I would start reading and then find myself nodding off - you don't have to hit intelligent people over the head with the anvil too often before they just tune out. Which is what I found myself doing just too many times.

So I gave up eventually. Perhaps there's a point in the book where it becomes more interesting again, but after reading a big chunk of it, I couldn't find it and nodding off isn't what I want a book to do. So it gets a mixed review. This is a book that could probably be helped with some good editing. If that were to happen, it would probably not be 280 pages anymore, but the page count would be more compelling and make the case much better.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BrentDC on March 26, 2014
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The synopsis of this work is that inherent traits in Human Beings linked to procreation are subconsciously driving our perception of the World including politically.
The Author splits Human Nature into two categories : the Competition Adverse r's & the Highly Competitive K's
and defines 5 Traits each clearly support or refute
1. COMPETITION (K's relish Competition, r's avoid it at all cost)
2.PROMISCUITY (K's want strong monogamous relationships r's will couple with anything with a heartbeat)
3.PARENTING (K's have few High Value children r's have many children i.e. quantity over quality)
4.SEXUALIZATION (K's want kids to grow up & mature fully before Sex, r's want kids sexually active ASAP)
5.GROUP LOYALTY (K's find in-group vs out-group natural & beneficial r's find this scary & insane)

As a student of Ancient History (Rome, Greece & Egypt) I felt the ground shaking beneath my feet as the Actions, Eras, Wars & Events I thought I knew shifting & sliding into a new-found clarity & focus

The Left is always trying to FORCE us to be "new people" so that NEW MAN can achieve their Utopian Dream...
Humanity is a constant, what drives us is the same for 1000 B.C. as it is now.
Time changes but Humanity does not & that's something the r's can NEVER accept.

Thank You for writing this.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Chapin on June 1, 2014
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Everyone was talking about this book but the price was such that I never bought it. Eventually, it got into the $20 range so I picked one up. The first 60 pages has a lot of repetition in it and probably should have been only 20 pages. I got bored with the theory restatement, skipped ahead and fell in love with the rest of the book. This is a masterpiece both of psychology and history. You'll understand politics like never before once you finish it. I highly recommend this book.
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