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Understanding “Our Political Nature”


In his new book Our Political Nature, evolutionary anthropologist Avi Tuschman explains, what he calls, the hidden roots of political convictions. Drawing from social psychology, genetics, and neuroscience, he explains political orientation as it relates to personality and evolutionary forces—and not simply intellect, upbringing, and what we read in the news.

Dr. Dan Gottlieb talks about the hidden roots of our deeply held values with Tuschman, as well as Pete Hatemi.

Avi Tuschman began his career in politics as the youngest adviser in the government palace in Lima, Peru. He was a senior writer to President Alejandro Toledo. He holds a doctorate in evolutionary anthropology from Stanford University.

Pete Hatemi is a Penn State University associate professor of political science, microbiology, and biochemistry—and a research fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He’s the co-author (along with Rose McDermott) of Man is By Nature a Political Animal.




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  • jonik

    There are ample people with mental-social problems in the One Percent…and it’s good that concerns about their problems are aired. All too rare. Thanks. They need help.

  • Albert Granville Fonda

    One’s political orientation is, I submit, based on one’s orientation — one’s rationale — toward the non-physical.

    If open, all things are not only possible but some things are really active in the world and in our lives.

    If closed, only the physical can affect the physical (defined by “us” and how our minds and bodies function). Else, while for all we know the nonphysical may exist, it nevertheless is incapable of interacting with us. Incommunicado. (This follows from a study of causality; how might an unlike possibly affect like, or — per Schopenhauer — issue from an unlike antecedent?)

    All else follows. Including political versus scientific conservatism – - respectively.

    Al Fonda




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