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Our Political Nature: The Evolutionary Origins of What Divides Us | [Avi Tuschman]

Our Political Nature: The Evolutionary Origins of What Divides Us

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.
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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 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, listeners 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.

©2013 Avi Tuschman (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    A Santa Clarita, CA, United States 03-17-14
    A Santa Clarita, CA, United States 03-17-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Fascinating book filled with great information..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Our Political Nature to be better than the print version?

    I only read the audio version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Our Political Nature?

    It answers why babies cry in the middle of the night. Who knew? It's not because they are hungry.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Westport, WA, United States 11-24-13
    Mark Westport, WA, United States 11-24-13 Member Since 2008

    I listen for the sake of learning

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    "If you care about the truth read this book."
    Would you listen to Our Political Nature again? Why?

    Yes, this a major work, it needs to be carefully consider.


    What other book might you compare Our Political Nature to and why?

    Better Angels of our Nature, by Steven pinker, would make a Great companion book.


    What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

    It was easy to listen to at 2X. Voice was clear and anonsation perfect.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Do you self a favor and reflect on the significance of what is being said. Avi Tuschman, tries very hard to stay out of the book. He tries to take the perspective of the alien who is studying human life on earth.


    Any additional comments?

    Avi Tuschman, has put together a toolbox that can help the politician as well as the constituents the world over to think about the issue that we face in life from a lofty vantage point. It's time we look at how we govern, and this is a great book to help us alongh our way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Curt D Redmond, WA USA 10-29-13
    Curt D Redmond, WA USA 10-29-13 Member Since 2011

    Economic Philosophy and Political Economy

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    "A Trivial Version of Haidt's "The Righteous Mind""
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I understand the business of writing money-making books by regurgitating the works of others for fun and profit. And I understand the need to simplify works for less academic readers. But I also understand not giving credit to the people who you're copying. Especially when it's by attempting to avoid references to them. I also understand the use of obscurant language, and bias as propaganda. And oversimplification and analogy as a means of inserting deception.

    This is a weak attempt by an also-ran author to insert his political bias into the political discourse as a substitute for scholarship. It's not plagiarism per se. Because that would add insult to the prior work.

    Read Haidt instead. It is a balanced work by the leading academic in the field. If you read "The Righteous Mind", "Explanation of Ideology: Family Structure & Social System", "The Red Queen", and "Demonic Males" you will know pretty much the moral origins of human beings. If you read Andrew Heywood's "Political Ideologies : An Introduction" that will explain political discourse.

    The fact is, that moral codes are largely genetic. What isn't genetic is determined by the structure of the family (absolute nuclear, nuclear, traditional, extended or tribal). What isn't determined by family structure is determined by economics. However, this is all misleading because MORAL sensibilities are different from VOTING PATTERNS.

    American voting patterns can be reduced to this single statement, and nothing else matters:

    ---"93% of blacks, 70% of Latinos, 60% of those under 30, and 62% of single people, voted for Obama. And white married couples over 30 years of age voted for Romney. Not much else matters."---
    --Dick Morris"

    NOTHING ELSE MATTERS - WE ARE TRIBAL CREATURES.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Avi Tuschman again?

    No.


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