From “Sent Before Their Time:” Genius, Charisma, and Being Born Prematurely, by Edward Dutton

(Thoughts inspired by Ed Dutton’s latest book).

Evolutionary psychology is interesting mostly as it throws light on certain kinds of human behavior, particularly the pathological variety. This is useful for those of us with the autistic trait of desperately wanting to make sense of the world. Thanks to EP, we know that “liberals” (US sense) are low in agreeableness and high in harm avoidance and equality. Being agreeable means to care about other people’s thoughts and feelings and, ultimately, to be prosocial. Instead of identifying with their own group in the manner of ethnocentrism, they adopt pathological ideas like multiculturalism and the concomitant ethnomasochism where the liberal identifies with the outgroup. The more outgroup someone is, the better, and then team up with the outgroup against members of their own group in order to gain status. But, they do not really like the outgroup either and are just using them, hence, they do not care if their pretended “love” for the outgroup results in things like helpful policies or not. Thus, Thomas Sowell, and books like Mismatch prove that putting members of minorities into universities where the majority of the students are far superior to them results in lower graduations rates. When California stopped affirmative action higher education, briefly, as a result of a law, one of their famous “Propositions,” black and Hispanic graduation rates went up much higher. Being the bottom of your class as MIT can be profoundly discouraging even though a student might have unusually high academic abilities compared with the rest of the general population. Better to be a big fish in a small pond or at least to be middling compared to your fellow students than to be the runt of the litter at a top school. Liberals absolutely do not care and such findings are irrelevant to them, because for their scheming, Machiavellian selves, they never cared about the outgroup in the first place. Personally, I am relieved to discover the key to this pathology. It does not stop anything, or make anything better, but it makes the world a friendlier place by being less opaque and senseless.

This analysis makes sense of those people who love wild animals more than people, like PETA. Hating all human beings and loving wild animals represents one of the more extreme liberal mindsets. High school biology teachers have been known to tell their students that the planet would be better off if human beings ceased to exist, in a display of murderous genocidal nihilism. They are misanthropes but they do not actually care about nature either. They are just virtue signaling that they are tree huggers and nature lovers to make themselves seem admirable and to gain status, and in this case, they are using the outgroup to attack all of humanity. The ultimate traitors. Perhaps, if it turns out there is an anti-universe competing with this universe, they would scheme for that one to vanquish this one.

12 thoughts on “From “Sent Before Their Time:” Genius, Charisma, and Being Born Prematurely, by Edward Dutton

  1. “Christians” who constantly prate on and on about “suppporting Israel” have this same pathology: they don’t actually care about Israel; they only hate solid biblical replacement theology and orthodox Christians who hold it.

      • I assume what Johnson P is referring to is basically the whole “dual-covenant theology” thing.

        I don’t really get how someone could read the NT and come to that conclusion, but I guess you’d have to get a time machine ask some of the post-Luther Protestant/Reformed people from hundreds of years ago

      • I don’t know what dual-convenant theology is either. I tried reading official “theology” 27 years ago and went back to philosophy. Often it was based on philosophy anyway. Better to study that than its imitators.

      • I assume he just meant the Pauline Christian teaching that the New Covenant supersedes the Old. That is, no one comes to the Father except through the Son, not even our Elder Brothers in Faith.

  2. I’m trying to figure out the title of the post. Were these two paragraphs written by Edward or by you, Richard?

    Either way, they’re excellent paragraphs.

    • Thanks, Jason C. I should have made it clearer what I was doing. The title is Dutton’s latest book and I wrote the paragraphs inspired by some of Dutton’s points.

  3. > “Evolutionary psychology is interesting mostly as it throws light on certain kinds of human behavior, particularly the pathological variety. This is useful for those of us with the autistic trait of desperately wanting to make sense of the world.”

    Oh God, we’ve been found out!
    *sweats profusely*

    > “Thanks to EP, we know that ‘liberals’ (US sense) are low in agreeableness and high in harm avoidance and equality”

    What if you’re low in agreeableness and also low in harm avoidance and equality, but you overcome your natural predisposition of being disagreeable in an attempt to use pragmatism to sway the opponent to your side?

    > “But, they do not really like the outgroup either and are just using them, hence, they do not care if their pretended “love” for the outgroup results in things like helpful policies or not.”

    I’ve believed this for awhile. D3R (Democrats aRe the Real Racists) is actually correct, but normie-conservatives just use it in a really dumb way that isn’t going to win them any friends or influence anyone who wasn’t already under their influence. Conservatives should read The Prince… but that’s realistically not going to happen, because of what The Conservative(TM) is as an archetype/neurotype. So we’re stuck in the unending cosmic cycle of civilizational rise and decline :/

    > “Liberals absolutely do not care and such findings are irrelevant to them, because for their scheming, Machiavellian selves, they never cared about the outgroup in the first place. Personally, I am relieved to discover the key to this pathology. It does not stop anything, or make anything better, but it makes the world a friendlier place by being less opaque and senseless.”

    John 8:32

    > “This analysis makes sense of those people who love wild animals more than people, like PETA.”

    I have always felt this way in my gut, even when my age was still in the single digits. My longest friendship (2nd grade – present) is like this, but isn’t a liberal. Guess its like HBDChick said: “the exception proves the rule”

    • D3R (using your term) is right, but Alex Kaschuta suggests that it buys into the Woke frame of reference – so just sidestep rather than playing their game.

  4. An anti-universe is a good turn of phrase. I think that “scheming for an anti-universe to vanquish this one” really is what the ones pulling the strings are doing. In some of the medieval illustrations, Hell is seen as being at the lowest level of the universe. But I don’t think that’s quite right. It isn’t anywhere in the Great Chain of Being; even the lowest level is still good, but Hell is like an anti-chain of being.

    • I guess your comment really gets into a philosophical debate that can’t, strictly speaking, be answered in this lifetime, from our limited Human POV.

      I’ve always had the view that E.G. parallel or alternative universes can’t exist because, by definition, uni means “all” and “verse” means thing. Ergo: “the universe” = all-thing = the singular thing that encompasses all that exists.

      So, for Hell to exist “outside of this universe” doesn’t make logical sense to me, since for something to exist, and for people / souls to pass through from here (Earth) to there (Hell), the latter would have to be connected to the former somehow, which would necessitate Hell being apart of our Universe.

      Even if the trip from Earth to Hell was one-way, that would still require them to be connected somehow. Not to mention, if we place divine revelation on the same plane as empirical evidence, I *recall* from the NT story of the rich man who was sent to hell for not feeding the poor man begging outside his gates, the “gap” between him and Abraham’s Bosom wasn’t even totally separated even there– he could see into Heaven even from his lowly place, implying a non-total seperation.

      However, a big brain friend of mine rebuked me, saying that what I’m actually referring to is “the cosmos” not the universe, and that those are technically different things.

      I dunno mang, I guess its largely a semantics debate

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