Evolutionary psychologist and author Hector Garcia: Politics as a Mating Strategy

In today’s Conversation, we spoke with Dr. Hector Garcia, evolutionary psychologist and author of Sex, Power, and Partisanship: How Evolutionary Science Makes Sense of Our Political Divide.

Drawing on evidence from chimpanzee behavior, the bones and relics of stone age societies, DNA, contemporary hunter-gatherer communities, and pre-modern religious texts, Dr. Garcia explains how modern-day political affiliations reflect gender-based strategies for survival and reproductive success.

He also explains the deep roots of our attitudes toward leadership, the social safety net, taxation, war, peace, religion, race, immigration, social equality, marriage and adultery.

Dr. Hector Garcia, evolutionary psychologist and author of Sex, Power, and Partisanship--- How Evolutionary Science Makes Sense of Our Political Divide

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Juliet Blake, Head of Television for TED Talks, said, “[Sex, Power, and Partisanship] will have a profound effect on how you view political discourse, immigration issues, women’s rights, and, yes, even Donald Trump.”

Dr. Garcia is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. A nationally-recognized expert on helping combat veterans recover from the traumas of war, his TED Talk on innovative ways to address Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has received more than one million views.

Sebastian Junger, bestselling author of War and The Perfect Storm, said, “It’s been a long time since a book has stunned me like this one has.”

Watch our video conversation and find a link to another conversation with Garcia and Junger at The Conversation.

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