There is no higher power than Evolution.
The significance of this in terms of personality disorders (specifically ASPD) is something I have attempted to highlight via my last few pieces. It’s a framework that applies to people who have these disorders, but how does this apply in a more general sense? You see, the psychopath is an extreme example. Because of how ill-adapted the antisocial brain is within the context of our modern day society, it was bound to go first. The antisocial brain has been reduced to fewer than 2% of the total population via natural societal growth (systematic man-manufactured “natural” selection).
‘So how much longer until Man-manufactured natural selection puts an end to people like you’, I hear you ask. My theory is that it probably won’t be able to. Systematic selection has its flaws, just like natural selection, and so the antisocial mind will probably never fully die away. After all, the antisocial mind has a very natural innate ability to outsmart its surrounding environment. This ability is the very reason the antisocial population will probably be able to survive in smaller numbers for at least a few thousand years. This is plenty of time – once humans are no longer bound to a singular planet the antisocial mind may be able to increase in numbers once again. For better or for worse.
Politically, Individuals who identify as conservatives tend to have a larger anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) and right amygdala These regions of the brain influence decision making, information processing, and learned fears as well as other things. In fact, studies show that we can predict a person’s political stance (conservative or progressive) with a 71.6% degree of accuracy based on their neuroanatomy. This fact is astonishing, and should further solidify your understanding of how systematic selection works. While conservatives aren’t exactly seen as a danger to society (depending on who you ask), their patterns of thought, beliefs, self-identify, and behaviour are all influenced directly by their brain anatomy. Via the continuous development, moulding, and refinement of rules, laws, norms, and expectations, we begin to see how society is categorised depending on each individual’s brain structure.
While some brains get labelled as psychopathic and sociopathic, others get labelled as conservative and progressive,. There’s an entire spectrum of categories – and if you understand the brain and its place in society with this in mind, you should be able to begin to understand how society works in terms of systematic selection. In reality – whether you’re a serial killer currently mutilating a victim or a progressive at an equal-rights march – these are simply overt actions which exemplify how tiny differences in the neuroanatomy of people can dictate our behaviour.
Stigma, judgement, norms, rules, expectations, laws, societal frameworks, and moral compasses facilitate what could be seen as a method of ‘filtering the water’ (our population) – ensuring its purity. It’s a pruning system where we are simply trimming off the most ill-adapted genetic ‘leaves’ from the tree.
The fact that our system is able to group certain brains together is the very essence of our systematic evolution. It’s a matter of grouping and categorising, and then ultimately playing God to eliminate the most extreme and ill-adapted sub-groups. Many antisocial’s have been sentenced to death, locked away, unable to hold down jobs and also relationships (and therefore do not pass on their antisocial genes), and also become rejected by society. Other sub-groups such as conservatives aren’t exactly outlawed, however their patterns of thought and moral views have become increasingly frowned upon over the last century. This is definitely not to suggest we will one day view conservatives as psychopaths, however, it is important to note that the further back in history we go, the more we would have accepted the antisocial gene as normal.
As I have attempted to explain this system, it may seem as if I am describing a conscious and carefully orchestrated plan, but this is not the case at all. While society discards ‘bad’ genetic material very slowly over time, most of this happens without malice intent. In saying that however, most may agree that this systematic evolution is necessary if we are to progress as a civilisation. After all, this system is able to target problematic groups within a population.