Ask A Genius 194 – Behavioural Chauvinism

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Ask A Genius 194 – Behavioural Chauvinism

Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner

June 10, 2017

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Rick Rosner: If everybody is kind of wired – regarding behavioural chauvinism – and I am not speaking clearly or sharply, if everybody feels they have a stake in their behaviour, that, maybe, is a manifestation of one more way evolution gets in the mix.

If everybody feels compelled to be or someone doesn’t act the way you do and you punish them, then that keeps that behaviour. Perhaps, competition in behaviour is another semi-evolved way to arrive at some optimal forms of behaviour.

Evolution doesn’t want anything because it is not teleological.

Jacobsen: Evolution’s natural directionality implies what…

Rosner: This might be another area where evolutionary force is taking place. The force to find the optimal way of being, even though that sounds ridiculous. If you look at the 1950s of the Make America Great Again people, it is everybody living in a 2-parent household in a suburb.

One provider and a house, and a car, you’re spitting out 2.3 kids or more, actually more if you look back at the 50s. Families were bigger. That idea is a recipe for reproductive success.

If everybody is in this nuclear family and spitting out kids, that’s one view of society’s model of success. That success includes a growing population.

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Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


Rick Rosner


Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing


In-Sight Publishing


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