[ExI] USA Census Projections and consequences

Keith Henson hkeithhenson at gmail.com
Mon Feb 25 20:36:28 UTC 2019

John Clark <johnkclark at gmail.com> wrote:


> And that would make things even more dangerous, when people become angry
they start doing irrationally counterproductive things like voting for Trump.

As most of you know, I can't consider problems with humans without
recourse to evolutionary psychology.  Irrational is exactly the right
word, but it is not obvious where it comes from since irrational acts
very often get you killed and your gene line ended.

The only way this makes sense is looking at the situation from the
viewpoint of genes.  Oddly enough, it turns out that sometimes
rational for genes and humans diverges.  The origin is in the human
practice of taking the young women of a defeated group as booty.  As
wives or secondary wives, the genes of the defeated and killed
warriors march on through their female children.

So when the future starts to look bleak, our "shaped in the stone age"
psychological traits jump into action.  Among the things they do is
make irrational leaders attractive.


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