Evolutionary psych and Schwarzenegger
- While talking about the recent California election compared with South
American politics, I made a joke about how we'd elected a strongman.
Then I wondered whether it was really a joke. After all, we've evolved
to expect the strongest people to be leaders. And in recent years,
we've elected not only Schwarzenegger but Jesse "The Body" Ventura to
the position of state governor.
Well, I'd rather see a Hollywood strongman come to power than the real
thing. I wonder whether this is, in a weird way, a hopeful sign for our
society: we don't need real violence anymore...
BTW, I'm halfway through a book that I highly recommend: _Discovering_
by Robert Scott Root-Bernstein. It may or may not be a coincidence that
I just read a section about serious theorizing being prompted by
punning. I recommend the book to anyone who's interested in how
invention and discovery work, and especially to anyone who's interested
in improving their own skills.
Chris Phoenix cphoenix@... http://xenophilia.org
Center for Responsible Nanotechnology (co-founder) http://CRNano.org
- On 12/2/03 11:14 PM, "Bill Rowan" <whrowan@...> wrote:
> Very few menThe "alpha male" behaviors are pervasive in the species. I would swear that
> have as much of an opportunity as he does to try to be an "alpha
> male." But lots of men, with less opportunity than he has, have put a lot
> of energy into doing so.
the majority of everything the average male does is directly or indirectly
aimed at increasing their status in this respect. Of course, I've also
noticed that a phenomenal quantity of resources are routinely burned on this
That kind of behavior comes so naturally that it actually takes quite a bit
of effort and discipline to make rational decisions about resource
allocation. It has some utility, but that is insignificant compared to the
extent that people put effort and resources into it. I wonder what the
world would be like if we could harness all those resources for other
purposes -- any purpose.
Admittedly, I was exactly like that when I was younger, but I like to think
I make more rational decisions these days and am a lot more cognizant of
this effect on resource allocation. Or at least that's my story. :-)
J. Andrew Rogers (andrew@...)