Red Genes, Blue Genes: Exposing Political Irrationality

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Autonomedia, 2009 - Political Science - 299 pages
Literary Nonfiction. Political Science. Modern science postulates that our political predispositions can be traced to our genes. To some extent, there is such a thing as "red-state" or "blue-state" DNA. Our brains likewise bear the evolutionary imprint of hundreds of thousands of years of political wiring--for biased partisanship. The result is a political landscape characterized by irrationality and hostility. Americans today, like citizens of many other countries, find themselves trapped in hostile "red" vs. "blue" political warfare. While liberals and conservatives fight each other for power and influence, the world's problems go unsolved. Using recent scientific evidence from neuroscience, behavioral genetics, and evolutionary and cognitive psychology, RED GENES, BLUE GENES is the first book to take a comprehensive look at the phenomenon of political irrationality.

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Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
7
The New Science of Political Irrationality
9
The Psychology of Political Irrationality
35
Copyright

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Guillermo C. Jimenez is an assistant professor of international trade at the State University of New York (SUNY). A graduate of Harvard University and the University of California-Berkeley, he has lectured in over 35 countries and addressed various international organizations and bodies such as the United Nations and the European Commission. RED GENES, BLUE GENES: EXPOSING POLITICAL IRRATIONALITY is his fourth book.

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