What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by Śiva » Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:21 pm

JimC wrote:
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The marxist academic left has been in denial for a long while about the implications of human evolutionary history
I don't understand what these implications may be. Maybe I'm just daft;l but could you expand a little on that?
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by laklak » Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:31 pm

Whenever I hear the term "Marxist academic" I reach for my Makarov.
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by JimC » Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:10 pm

Śiva wrote:
Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:21 pm
JimC wrote:
Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:03 am
The marxist academic left has been in denial for a long while about the implications of human evolutionary history
I don't understand what these implications may be. Maybe I'm just daft;l but could you expand a little on that?
That certain aspects of our behaviour are influenced by genetic factors attributable to natural selection during hominid evolution. Note that I said "influenced" - clearly, childhood experiences, learning and socialisation are major factors as well, with complex interactions between the factors. Generally, sociologists and psychologists, and left-leaning academics in general, have tended to focus almost entirely on the latter, hence the name the "Blank Slate" model. Often, they have not just ignored evolution, but actively attacked any mention of it in connection with the human condition, possibly because of its inappropriate use by right-wing theorists in the past.

I'm not really so much interested in the political nature of the debate, as in looking for the best scientific explanatory model for human behaviour; ignoring millions of years of selective pressures in the past is rather ostrich like, IMO...
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by Śiva » Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:21 pm

Ah Tabula Rasa then. Thanks Jim. :tup:
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