Re: [OVC-discuss] 50/50 elections

From: Edward Cherlin <echerlin_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Fri Nov 28 2008 - 14:00:50 CST

On Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 11:36 AM, Brian Fox <bfox@theokorigroup.com> wrote:
>
> On Nov 28, 2008, at 11:31 AM, Edward Cherlin wrote:
>>
>> But genetics cannot explain election behavior in this simplistic way.
>> There is no mechanism to create and maintain a 50-50 genetic split in
>> a population, other than male-female.
>
>
> Only slightly off-topic - a population of skinny people disappear because
> when the famine comes, there's no reserves.
> A population of overweight people disappear because they can't run away
> from, nor hunt down, predators.
>
> All populations have fat and skinny people as a result. Is it possible that
> all populations have idealistics and cynics, self-centered jerks and
> magnanimous angels ... right and left wingers?

What you describe is known in agronomy as a land race, a crop
population of considerable genetic variability that can adapt to
changing conditions through selection, as in traditional corn culture
in Mexico and Central America. This is in opposition to the
monocultures planted in industrialized agriculture, depending on
industrial levels of pest and weed control and irrigation to maintain
the environment in which they can flourish.

You are unquestionably right. ADHD in particular is genetically linked
not only with distractibility and impulsivity but with hyperfocus,
creativity, empathy, and magnanimity. (Different topics and different
styles of presentation can evoke the distractibility and the
hyperfocus. It isn't a paradox of both at the same time.) The
correlation is of course not perfect. ADHD is also linked to getting
into trouble and being pushed into a life of crime. The canonical
literary examples are Odysseus/Ulysses, Tom Jones, and Huck Finn.
ADHD heroes are standard fare, because they have the personalities to
get themselves into trouble, and the resources to get out. Ripley
(Sigourney Weaver) in Alien risking her life to find Jones the cat is
another classic example.

> Thanks,
>
> Brian
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