Why We Can't Trust Our Political Instincts

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ACO, ME - NOVEMBER 3: Scott LaBreck exits the voting booth after voting at the Saco Community Center where voter turnout was described as steady by a poll worker Tuesday, November 3, 2015

According to historian Rick Shenkman, our evolutionary instincts guide our choices when it comes to politics. They also can lead us astray. In Political Animals: How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics, Shenkman suggests that our political preferences can become more logical when we learn to make our instincts work in our favor.