In this episode, we’re diving headlong into two really tricky and complex issues: Evolutionary psychology and the world of politics. It is not intuitive to many people that the modern 21st century political landscape has anything to do with our ancient past as hunter-gatherers in the pre-civilization world, a world in which our distant ancestors were largely at the mercy of red-in-tooth-and-claw nature. But as my guest Hector A. Garcia will be discussing with us today, evolutionary history and psychology has everything to do with the often confusing and bewildering maze of current political intrigue and the divisive culture wars that have polarized us now more than at any other time in recent memory.
Hector Garcia is a clinical psychologist who has published extensively on evolutionary psychology and the interplay between war and masculine identity, both of which are central to our discussion today. He is the author of the book Sex, Power, and Partisanship: How Evolutionary Science Makes Sense of Our Political Divide. He is also the author of the earlier book Alpha God: The Psychology of Religious Violence and Oppression.
Dr. Hector Garcia on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrHAGarcia
Dr. Hector Garcia’s website: https://www.hector-garcia.com/
Hector Garcia’s book “Sex, Power, and Partisanship: How Evolutionary Science Makes Sense of Our Political Divide”: https://www.amazon.com/Sex-Power-Partisanship-Evolutionary-Political/dp/1633885143
Hector Garcia’s book “Alpha God: The Psychology of Religious Violence and Oppression”: https://www.amazon.com/Alpha-God-Psychology-Religious-Oppression/dp/1633880206
My previous interview with Dr. Garcia on this podcast: https://reasonrevolution.org/025-of-apes-men-and-gods-feat-hector-garcia-phd-a-leap-of-doubt/
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