Why Conservatives and Liberals Are Both Wrong About Evolution

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A new book, "Monkeys on Our Backs: Why Conservatives and Liberals Are Both Wrong About Evolution," challenges the "conventional wisdom" that The Theory of Evolution should be embraced by the Left and shunned by the right. It shows how liberal ideas conflict with what Evolution tells us about how life works and that conservative ideas are not so different from what Evolution teaches us about how life — and societies — evolve.

"Tokumei's book is a provocative study of the debate over the moral and political implications of Darwinian science." —Larry Arnhart, Presidential Research Professor of Political Science, Northern Illinois University, Author of "Darwinian Conservatism"

A new book, "Monkeys on Our Backs: Why Conservatives and Liberals Are Both Wrong About Evolution," challenges the "conventional wisdom" that The Theory of Evolution should be embraced by the Left and shunned by the right. It shows how liberal ideas conflict with what Evolution tells us about how life works and that conservative ideas are not so different from what Evolution teaches us about how life — and societies — evolve.

An underlying assumption of the current debate on how to overhaul the American health care system is that good medical care is necessary to maintain a healthy society. So it may come as a shock to learn that not only does medical care not make a society healthier; it actually does just the opposite.
     That is just one of the controversial conclusions of "Monkeys on Our Backs: Why Conservatives and Liberals Are Both Wrong About Evolution" by Richard Tokumei.

     Like the Freakonomics books, Monkeys examines common issues in uncommon ways. It discusses the unexpected, unintended — and even paradoxical — consequences of social policies, such as:
     — Why so-called “zero population growth” can’t work.
     — Why, in terms of genetics, there is no difference between infanticide and abortion.
     — Why “socialized medicine” makes a society less likely to survive.
and
     — Why pet ownership may lead to the end of a society

     It also asks such politically incorrect questions as:
     — What if it were true that any society in which the women can control how many children they have cannot survive?
     — Would it be better for society in the long run if the most talented women were encouraged by social policy to have babies even if it means that they will never “reach their full potential”?
     — Is the Democratic Party trying to increase the number of people who are dependent on the federal government for its own ends?

     As the title indicates, Monkeys attempts to show how ironic it is that the proposed social policies of the Left (who claim to support Evolution) are in conflict with Evolution and how the beliefs of the Right (who distrust Darwin’s ideas) are not so different from what Evolution teaches us about how life — and societies — evolve.
     The book presents an objective scientific argument, based on Darwinian principles, as to why liberalism in general (and socialism in particular) is anti-natural and thus doomed to fail.
     "Monkeys" combines a discussion of science and political ideas in a way that has not been done before and thus makes a significant contribution to current political and scientific debate, especially the current national debate on healthcare sparked by Pres. Obama’s policy proposals.

     Tokumei was assisted in writing it by Satoshi Kanazawa of the London School of Economics (and co-author of the book, "Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters: From Dating, Shopping, and Praying to Going to War and Becoming a Billionaire—Two Evolutionary Psychologists Explain Why We Do What We Do"), who wrote:

“Richard Tokumei’s Monkeys on Our Backs is a very insightful application of evolutionary psychology to some of the hottest issues of the day. It injects a much-needed and honest perspective into the discussion of science, politics, and religion, which otherwise tends to be too politically correct these days. It’s sure to ignite heated debate among both liberals and conservatives. Among other things, it shows why Obamacare (or any other form of socialized medicine) is a bad idea. I would not like to see Richard Tokumei on the faculty of MIT, but I would dearly love to see him in the White House, advising the President and other cabinet secretaries. Reading 'Monkeys on Our Backs' will tell you why.”

     The book also includes a final section with Tokumei’s thoughts on “Finding Meaning in a Godless Mechanical World.”

     With so much anxiety in society about what will happen in the future, the time is right for "Monkeys on Our Backs: Why Conservatives and Liberals Are Both Wrong About Evolution." It may cause controversy — even rage — but it is sure to be read and discussed

     (“Richard Tokumei” is the pen name of a writer in Southern California. If you are interested in contacting him, you can e-mail him at: RichardTokumei(at)AOL(dot)com)

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