The Evolutionary Psychology Behind Politics: How Conservatism and Liberalism Evolved Within Humans Kindle Edition
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- Publication Date : July 6, 2013
- File Size : 961 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 290 pages
- Publisher : Federalist Publications (July 6, 2013)
- Language: : English
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- ASIN : B00DT9ZLS0
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- Best Sellers Rank: #266,193 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Some of the topics covered are obviously controversial, because the basic premise is that people are either "r-selected" like rabbits" or "K-selected" like wolves. What happens when rabbits take over a country? What happens when their policies are taken to extremes? How does this impact society as a whole, as more and more rabbits outnumber fewer and fewer wolves? Does the pendulum ever swing back, and what happens when it does?
I heard about this book on the Free Domain Radio podcast, and I'm very glad I checked it out. I will definitely be reading this book again. If you like books like "Fourth Turning," this would be a great addition to your collection, because it explores similar topics, but in a different way. Societies rise. Societies fall. But why and how?
Overall, this was an amazing read. Seriously mind-blowing!
Anyway, buy it and read it. This is the best model to date, that correlates with the scientific data, and is in accord with human experience, particularly concerning neuroplacticity, and the concept that the brain functions like a muscle. For either r select, or K select; the brain works to retrace prior behavior and resolves to select a survival strategy best suited to the 'current' environment. Should be required reading at the university level.
The best money you could give to Amazon, (though the point of the book is anathema to the editors of the Washington Post).
You will wonder how you ever survived before reading it. If you keep contemplating it... you will eventually realize you *weren't* surviving before.
Then you will get angry. And at the same time laugh the heartiest laugh you ever have because you will be (a little more) free.
Humanity is r/K... r/K is not a judgment of humanity but an accurate description of incredibly well tuned mechanisms for survival regardless of the environment the human being is born into. Survival isn't moral. However, humans can be moral AND survive. If they understand r/K.
Both r and K automatically correct each other when the environment no longer reflects the strategy. The only thing you can do is position yourself accordingly.
It is true that evolutionary theory makes one very skeptical of centralized economies and big government, but this is not the book that will bring that reality home. In fact, it is such an easy target for the far left that it makes one wonder if the anonymous author is running a false flag up the pole!
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It would be nice to see a supplement or sequel to this book that spends a little time on the growing concentration of wealth in the hands of the very few - for example, does r/K have anything to say about the fact that in the very near future, the number of people who will own half of the world's wealth are few enough in number that they will be able to occupy a minivan and still have room for groceries.
I had trouble getting on board with the authors in how they dealt with the environmental issues and the consumption of natural resources. My own intuition is that the people who this book would otherwise consider K selected are consuming and harvesting resources as though they were limitless, and the people this book would consider r selected seem more aware that these resources are finite.
All in all, this book and the theory it proposes were thought provoking enough to inspire me to write a review
Though understandable to an extent, the fact that this book was published anonymously is a problem for me because it makes the work uncitable.
We may never reach our full potential but not because truth is absent. But because the "r" has found a way to flourish, without the much needed "K" restricting access to what we hold dear.
Word of warning if you find yourself getting angry reading this that's a natural reaction to the gleaming truth we all to often repress. This will nudge all moral parties to slowly rewrite all the fragmented, perfectly placed fallacies we all are exposed to daily. How will the world look once the blue pill is purged and the red pill of reality hits your bloodstream?
A long time ago I did a great amount of reading around evolutionary biology and the implications for Anthropology. It was all fascinating, but in time I came to the conclusion most writers missed something. What it was, I realised when I read Stephen Pinker's The Blank Slate.
Pinker demolished to my satisfaction the assumption that we are all endowed equally at birth, and upbringing would make us all equal. What was worse, the officially-encouraged upbringing in schools and elsewhere tried to encourage, even compel a type of personality which was plainly inadequate to cope with the real world, its challenges and dangers. We see the results now in Generation Snowflake, and as I write in January 2017, we can see that a remarkable proportion of the Anglo and European population is simply not up to it; and as a result, Western Civilisation is in danger.
AC's explication of r/K theory goes a long way to explain the two main psychologies to be found in our population, particularly in the West, and the effects they have on the public discourse, social trends, pressures, political life, moral outlooks. Even half the book explains how, in our presently r-dominated public life, our political classes have been able to escape charges of treason.
A K-shift is likely to come, but a great deal of damage, including serious bloodshed, seems certain to happen before then. I hope the second half of the work offers thoughts on how to achieve the K-shift before it is too late. My own ideas are ferocious.