By Peter Beattie
Crooked bushes and the damaged department offers an interesting travel via six fields of technological know-how – social, political, and evolutionary psychology, info concept, political financial system, and comparative media stories – and weaves them jointly in a compelling narrative that may offer solutions to a couple very basic questions of curiosity to all who care concerning the country of the realm and the folks in it.
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Science can help us decide between these two conflicting visions. Scientists studying evolutionary and social psychology have shown that we are animals that evolved to cooperate with members of our own groups and to compete with other groups. Our brains are designed with biases and prejudices to facilitate this sort of cooperation and competition – not to think with the rationality and objectivity of philosophers. We now know that humanity is indeed crooked timber: far from the Liberal ideal of rationality held sacred by the classical proponents of democracy, Homo sapiens has an evolved mind riddled with biases that skew our perceptions and profoundly affect our political thinking.
Woe betide the people so stupid and so barbarous as to think that there is a god for its province alone! That is a blasphemy. What! the light of the sun illuminates all eyes, and we are to believe that the light of god illuminates only a small and puny nation in a corner of the globe! 5 With what sort of certainty should we hold other ideas? It is not only religious ideas that we hold for reasons of geographical accident. The place we were raised also largely determines the political ideas we are exposed to, and which ideas we are likely to hold.
5 With what sort of certainty should we hold other ideas? It is not only religious ideas that we hold for reasons of geographical accident. The place we were raised also largely determines the political ideas we are exposed to, and which ideas we are likely to hold. There are few French nationalists among those born and raised in Ethiopia, just as there are few monarchists who were born and raised in the United States. Our political ideas, like our religious ideas, are powerfully influenced by mere geography.