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Politics as If Evolution Mattered: Darwin, Ecology, and Social Justice Lorna Salzman

Politics as If Evolution Mattered: Darwin, Ecology, and Social Justice

Lorna Salzman

Published August 23rd 2011
ISBN : 9781462034758
Paperback
88 pages
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In this scientifically authoritative essay collection, Salzman, a seasoned and provocative environmentalist, demonstrates how evolutionary theory penetrates nearly all aspects of human society. She faults social justice movements for theirMoreIn this scientifically authoritative essay collection, Salzman, a seasoned and provocative environmentalist, demonstrates how evolutionary theory penetrates nearly all aspects of human society. She faults social justice movements for their short-sighted focus on human needs to the exclusion of nonhuman nature and stresses the potential of evolutionary thought for replacing religious and secular ideologies with an ecological paradigm for broad social change.Salzmans special concern is the resurgence of irrationality, anti-intellectualism and anti-science attitudes.. She explodes the myth of genetic determinism promoted in popular media, discrediting the belief that natural selection involves violence. In place of the arbitrary economism of socialists and the free marketeers faith in untrammeled economic growth, she envisions a human society modeled on interdependent self-regulating natural systems.