Calling for PhD Applicants in Evolutionary Political Science

This announcement comes via Peter DeScioli:

The Department of Political Science at Stony Brook University seeks applicants for the PhD program with research interests at the intersection of evolutionary psychology and political science. The faculty include evolutionary researchers Andy Delton (, Peter DeScioli (, and Oleg Smirnov ( Active research areas include cooperation, generosity, morality, alliances, property, risk preferences, agent-based modeling, and evolutionary game theory. The department is also strong in experimental economics and has recently initiated an interdisciplinary Center for Behavioral Political Economy. We seek to recruit exceptional students who will pioneer novel evolutionary approaches to understanding political behavior and institutions.

Please forward this notice to all interested students. The application deadline is January 15. For general questions about the PhD program, contact Jason Barabas, PhD Recruitment Director. For more information and application materials, visit:


04. December 2013 by kurzbanepblog
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  1. Why are you limiting your subject matter to PhD candidates? I call your attention to my recently released book Dogma; THE DECONSTRUCTUION OF OUR MENTAL EVOLUTION AND PSYCHE. BE ASSOUED THAT MY OBJECTIVE IS NOT JUST SALE BOOKS, BUT TO EXPAND THE ISSURES ADVOCATED BY THE BOOK.

    Offers Seminal New Work on Man’s Mental Evolution

    John V. Patrick’s “Dogma” establishes the
    parameters of mental consciousness and how it has evolved through time, with a
    view to needed changes for its healthy future.

    Providence, RI (PRWEB)
    August 15, 2013

    Dogmatic beliefs are ideas established by the state of mental consciousness which has
    evolved over time and is based on individual or collective consciousness. John
    V. Patrick’s Dogma is a book establishing factors which
    influenced the present psyche and its progression leading to current states of
    affairs. It outlines, projects and recommends future changes in attitudes and
    conditions which may have profound influences of the future of civilization on
    this planet. Patrick’s raisons d’etre for this seminal work that has
    far-reaching consequences for mankind’s health and survival runs like this:

    “The first involves the evolution of man based on his mental psyche. There is no
    organized history of the modern-day man relating to the evolution of human
    thought patterns or the progression of his psyche. Although not commonly
    accepted as a documentation of the progression of human thought patterns, the
    Christian Bibles are the most profound historical documents on the mentality of
    man…Dogma has set out to examine and shed new light on the progression of man’s
    mentality from the first documented to the present state of evolution.”

    Secondly, the author specifically recommends changes dictated by a more diverse America,with equally diverse attitudes towards each other, coupled with needed changes
    in competitive relationships and Christian attitudes of how humans relate to
    each other. Dogma explores the most philosophical changes in the path to the
    future quality of life, liberty and happiness. These are states reflected in
    the education system¬¬¬ where change must start to augment realistic progress
    towards society’s desired goals.

    present, Patrick observes, along with a significant majority of opinion-makers,
    a state of evolutionary chaos vis-à-vis human thought and political
    movement. He points out its symptoms as negative evolutionary changes like
    immorality and gratuitous violence that is open to all, especially the youth.
    In this regard, Patrick quotes Theodore Roosevelt: “To educate a man in mind
    and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” Chaos contradicts the
    very progress of man–the high technology, the revolutionary, even dimensional,
    changes towards understanding the universe in its entirety. With human
    evolutionary health in mind, Dogma presents the most refined corrections to chaos with solid scientific rational and analysis of real life experiences. These arguments and
    recommendations are alive and fit and so are the topics recommended for
    additional research. All are necessary and valid for humanity’s effective continued

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    the Author

    John V. Patrick was born in Galveston, Texas, the fifth of six children born to
    Ollie and Virginia Patrick. He attended a segregated high school and college,
    received a BS degree in Chemistry, minor in Mathematics, and a commission in
    the US Army from Prairie View A&M University. His interest in teaching
    children began while serving in the army where he gained special recognition
    for his contribution in producing the company with the highest proficiency
    score ever for an advanced-infantry, basic-training company. After the army, he
    did a short stint teaching mathematics and science at a regional New Jersey
    junior/senior high school. The lure of money led him to an extensive career as
    a research chemist in an industry where he rose through senior chemist,
    technical director, and manager of manufacturing. While working in the
    industry, he developed a spectrum of skills from graduate courses in
    management, finance, psychology, experimental design, and analysis of variance.
    He later became a Rhode Island certified teacher of chemistry. He practiced for
    twelve years before retiring on this certification. His interest in education
    was jolted when he returned to teaching after a thirty-five-year hiatus and
    noticed the quality of education had changed and was being hampered by an
    agglomeration of issues. Using his background in research and development,
    coupled with his background with young people in the military, in the
    classroom, and thirty-five years in research and manufacturing and more
    recently again in the classroom, he rapidly developed theories and, more
    importantly, new rationale about the big dilemma of failing schools–their
    causes and solutions. More recently he has authored two books on education:
    Prelude to Chaos (Xlibris, 2009) and Prelude to Disaster (Publish America,
    2011). Now in this lates book, Dogma–The Deconstruction and Evolution of Our
    Psyche, he has set out to define modern trends with the modern psyche and
    relates it to past influences and present direction.

    * by John V. Patrick

    The Deconstruction and Evolution of Our Psyche

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