Our Political Nature

  • by Avi Tuschman
  • Narrated by Jay Snyder
  • 17 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Have everyone you know read this.

Wonderfully researched. Incredibly informative. Given the current political climate in the US and over much of the world, everyone needs to read this book to understand the basic differences that make some conservative and some liberal rather than just yelling at each other. Pure science. I listened for political bias and I couldn't find any.
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- John Stanko

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.

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- Mark

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-03-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios