A recent study published in the March 2010 issue of the peer-reviewed scientific journal Social Psychology Quarterly, advances a new theory to explain why people form particular preferences and values. The theory suggests that more intelligent people are more likely than less intelligent people to adopt evolutionarily novel preferences and values. Meaning they go against what was in the past evolutionary important, move on and take advantage of novel entities and situations.
The study argues that that humans are evolutionarily designed to be conservative, caring mostly about their family and friends, and being liberal, caring about an indefinite number of genetically unrelated strangers they never meet or interact with, is evolutionarily novel. Since technology and ways of socializing have changed society drastically in the last century, we have major reasons to become ever more involved with and care about each other.
It's understandable to have a species able to adapt as quickly as possible in order to overcome evolutionary novel problems. We did this in those Caveman days against the Neanderthals, and look where we are today.
All this leads me to my next point. We are all connected toward the success of each other in the economy, yet at the same time divided by it. With our system based on the dog eat dog attitude, how are we as a society allowed to evolve and care for one another? What do you think?
What exactly is a Liberal? The Free Dictionary gives an apt one as tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition.
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