so at long last, the final point from the woodley & bell paper that i want to draw attention to (there are lots more neat points in the paper that you can read for yourself here): pathogens and consanguinity and democracy.
yesterday’s post was about how there seems to be some sort of a connection between the frequencies of pathogens in any given environment and consanguineous matings. it’s not the strongest of connections, but it seems to be there (i’m convinced anyway).
woodley & bell found that pathogen load does, indeed, have an impact on how (liberally) democratic societies are or not — but via consanguinity. there is a correlation between pathogen load and presence/absence/degree of democracy, but it’s not a direct one. here are their path analyses from their paper (more details in previous post). follow the arrows:
so it’s: pathogen load -> consanguinity -> democracy (or not).
i’d amend that a bit and say it’s: pathogen load + other social/economic factors -> consanguinity -> democracy (or not).
if i were to amend it even further in a theorizing sort-of way (that’s theorize with a small “t” not a big one), i’d say it’s:
pathogen load + other social/economic factors -> long-term consanguinity/endogamous matings -> democracy (or not) and/or a whole lot of other neat things like individualism and low levels of corruption and nepotism and so on and so forth.
that is all! (^_^)
(note: comments do not require an email. how to reduce pathogen load in the population.)