Saturday, 27 July 2013

Wither evolutionary political science?

Looking at the list of fledgling evolutionary social sciences, evolutionary political science is usually conspicuous by its absence. Yet evolution is critical to understanding political systems - from the evolutionary psychology that governs our political propensities to the memetic engineering that produces our political propaganda.

Why the evolutionary myopia when it comes to politics? If evolutionary scientists are willing to study religion, why can't they study politics too?

No doubt we will eventually be seeing some more evolutionary political science, but its slow start is a symptom of cultural evolution's scientific lag. It may also fit in neatly with some of the ideas in my memetics resistance article. Proverbially, politics and religion are not discussed over cocktails. Political memeplexes may have joined religious memeplexes in actively defending themselves against certain types of critical scrutiny.

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