Psychology Today: The Power of Paradigms

The Power of Paradigms

From self-control to self-regulation

It amazes me that in this day and age, anyone could still believe that social status is genetically determined. If molecular biologists have taught us anything over the past century, it is that the stars really don’t determine our destiny; and neither do mysterious little particles that Hugo de Vries called “pangenes.”

The one thing we can be sure of is that human beings aren’t peas in a pod. Leave it to Victorian scientists to come up with the idea that there is a direct pathway from genotype to phenotype, or that human traits can be tied to specific genes. How better to buttress the Social Darwinist view that stratification represents a natural evolutionary dynamic, where the gifted rise to the top of and the weak or unfit sink to the bottom.

Read the full blog in Psychology Today.

Dr. Stuart Shanker is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Psychology from York University and the Founder & Visionary of The MEHRIT Centre, Ltd. Stuart has served as an advisor on early child development to government organizations across Canada and the US, and in countries around the world. Dr. Shanker also blogs for Psychology Today
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