Our Political Nature: The Evolutionary Origins of What Divides Us

Our Political Nature: The Evolutionary Origins of What Divides Us By Avi Tuschman, Our Political Nature The Evolutionary Origins of What Divides Us The first book to tell the natural history of political orientations Our Political Nature is the first book to reveal the hidden roots of our most deeply held moral values It shows how political orien
  • Title: Our Political Nature: The Evolutionary Origins of What Divides Us
  • Author: Avi Tuschman
  • ISBN: 9781616148232
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Our Political Nature: The Evolutionary Origins of What Divides Us By Avi Tuschman, The first book to tell the natural history of political orientations Our Political Nature is the first book to reveal the hidden roots of our most deeply held moral values It shows how political orientations across space and time arise from three clusters of measurable personality traits These clusters entail opposing attitudes toward tribalism, inequality, and dThe first book to tell the natural history of political orientations Our Political Nature is the first book to reveal the hidden roots of our most deeply held moral values It shows how political orientations across space and time arise from three clusters of measurable personality traits These clusters entail opposing attitudes toward tribalism, inequality, and differing perceptions of human nature Together, these traits are by far the most powerful cause of left right voting, even leading people to regularly vote against their economic interests As this book explains, our political personalities also influence our likely choice of a mate, and shape society s larger reproductive patterns Most importantly of all, it tells the evolutionary stories of these crucial personality traits, which stem from epic biological conflicts Based on dozens of exciting new insights from primatology, genetics, neuroscience, and anthropology, this groundbreaking work brings core concepts to life through current news stories and personalities For instance, readers will meet Glenn Beck and Hugo Chavez and come to understand the underlying evolutionary forces they represent By blending serious research with relevant contemporary examples, Our Political Nature casts important light onto the ideological clashes that so dangerously divide and imperil our world today.
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    About "Avi Tuschman"

    1. Avi Tuschman

      Avi Tuschman is an expert on the hidden roots of political orientation He began his career in politics as the youngest advisor in the government palace in Lima, at age 23 While serving as the senior writer to President Alejandro Toledo Peru, 2001 2006 , Tuschman produced numerous articles and speeches designed to shape public opinion In 2009, Dr Tuschman joined with Toledo and seventeen other former presidents to co write a regional policy agenda on democratic governance United Nations secretary general Ban Ki moon lauded the document and called it historically unprecedented Tuschman holds a doctorate in evolutionary anthropology from Stanford University He is fluent in English, Spanish, Hebrew, Hindi, and Quechua, and has dabbled in Tibetan and Chinese He is based in Washington, DC, but surfs at home in Northern California as often as possible.For information, please visit OurPoliticalNature

    702 thoughts on “Our Political Nature: The Evolutionary Origins of What Divides Us”

    1. Many books have noted the biological roots of political orientation I just reviewed a book predisposed which has covered most of the cognitive and social science research on personality research and political orientation The variation is there and the consensus is building that much of our political predispositions are inherited at birth The research on this is fascinating with conservatives having a negativity bias, higher tolerance of inequality, higher disgust sensitivity, a higher level of c [...]


    2. Our Political Nature shows us that there are evolutionary underpinnings to our political attitudes, and that being liberal or conservative may reflect much deeper tendencies than we are inclined to think This book is important reading for anyone trying to understand the sources of our present day political world FRANCIS FUKUYAMA, New York Times bestselling author of The Origins of Political Order In a remarkable interdisciplinary tour de force, evolutionary anthropologist Avi Tuschman integrates [...]


    3. I will not be surprised if this book makes many readers uncomfortable There will be accusations of biological determinism and scientific reductionism that will allow some to dismiss Tuschman s approach altogether But that would be a shame This book s conclusions about our political nature, drawn from wide ranging research in anthropology, evolutionary biology and political history, acquaint readers with human nature in all its shame and glory Here we see ourselves as a species behaving in accord [...]


    4. This book attempts to find the evolutionary or biological reasons for varying politican dispositions It does this extremely well This book is one of the most illuminating I have ever read It s one of those books that make you wish that everybody would read it I like how the author refuses to dismiss either side of the political spectrum as evil or naive , which so many do He encourages both sides of the spectrum to try and see the validity in the others side As others have said, it can seem like [...]


    5. I truly enjoyed the detail and breadth of information and analysis that went into this book The author teaters on the edge of bilogical determinism, which will draw criticism from some I absolutely recommend this book.



    6. The thesis of the book is that the genes play as important a role, if not important, in determining our politics i.e party affiliation, ideology, etc as does our upbringing, social interactions, education, etc the environment, generally speaking The underlying presumption here is that in mature democracies there develops an ideological coherence, where people unite behind common political principles and goals, and share common beliefs and stances on political and social issues It is the thesis [...]


    7. Very hard to rate this book I think the subject matter is fascinating and not seriously written about enough.Tuschsman has clearly worked hard on this book and has done a ton of academic research for it, and he s not a bad writer But I think he s overly ambitious with the scope of the book, and it shows, because some sections are very weak In some parts he seems scrupulously scientific, but in other parts he makes sweeping statements based on what seems like little evidence Also, the copy editin [...]


    8. An interesting look into liberalism and conservatism from biological, psychological and evolutionary roots, and how similar the extremes really are A bit dry in the middle, but overall a great book


    9. According to this book most political conflict boils down to 2 competing instincts ethnocentrism including a desire to keep ones tribal blood pure on the right, and xenophilia a contradictory desire to mix ones blood with members of other tribes on the left If the NDPs secret agenda was in fact to help guys like me connect with ethnically diverse women then I seriously voted for the wrong parties in most elections.


    10. Our Political Nature is a sweeping survey of the current state of knowledge and understanding about what shapes people s political orientations and behaviors Informative and authoritative, it probes basic questions and the consequences of their answers, while assessing and testing the validity of what results Written in an accessible, engaging narrative, it does an excellent job of weaving together research from several disciplines, describing basic concepts, relationships, and the chains of log [...]


    11. Hell of a study of mankind and his her political orientations I particularly liked the study from the University of Berkeley Professors on the The Authoritarian Personality 1950 in studying Nazi Germany since we are seemingly reliving that portion of history in America right now today They identified nine traits of the followers of Nazism that are shockingly found today in the trump administration and among their followers of course The identified Nine traits 1 Conventionalism A rigid adherence [...]


    12. Considering what we have just gone through, this book might help in understanding human nature and political practices which seem difficult to understand on the surface I can t say I am enough of an expert on the subjects to evaluate each and every point made in the book, but it is surely thought provoking An important read for academics but it would also of interest to intelligent and thoughtful people who are not involved in social science research Although the author might show a little anti [...]


    13. The author provides convincing explanation of human nature, and argues that a population of humans with some having a liberal outlook and others having a conservative outlook is inevitable.The insights I ve gained echo in my mind whenever I watch the News, and I feel like an ancient chemist who s been presented for the first time with Mendeleev s Periodic Table of the Elements What used to seem like random bickering among factions now appears to make sense, to the extent that it all arises from [...]


    14. I read most of this, but not all of it, so that could be why I still have some unanswered questions I did not find myself convinced by all of the author s assertions However, it s likely that he just sees the world through an economic, mathematical lens than I, while my world is shaped by social and interpersonal concerns to a greater degree I wanted to find out about why there are political conflicts in so many families, but I didn t get a compelling answer I don t think birth order quite cov [...]


    15. I was genuinely surprised at how much I learned from this book, considering I have read some of the material this one pulls from Instead of a rehash, Tuschman put his own polish on the information gleaned and gives us a well written tome The interesting tug of war of different aspects, biological and environmental, that shape everyone s political nature is clearly conveyed It helped me understand people I disagree with better, especially parents and siblings The conclusion was an excellent summa [...]


    16. I ve now read this book twice I m looking to find it in Spanish, and will read it again when I do.It has changed the way I understand the world Things that did not always make sense, like the black conservative sheriff who fights the white liberal police chief in his town, or poor people who support tax cuts for the rich as well as rich people who support higher taxes This book is a real eye opener, backed by science particularly genetics I sure hope I can find it in Spanish


    17. Everybody is expert regarding politics, right With all my modesty, I can say that I knew at least something about politics because of exposure to behavioral and cognitive science of decision making broadly, and because of my exposure to modern studies of morality, values, evolution, human origins and history However, after reading the book I felt that I knew almost nothing.


    18. Fabulous and intriguing Deep insight and thought on how our evolutionary past predisposes us for evolved and not so evolved behavior.


    19. I don t usually enjoy science books that much, but this one really made me think at times I will retain much of this that the other science books I ve read.


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