↓ Skip to main content

Judaism as a Group Evolutionary Strategy

Overview of attention for article published in Human Nature, March 2018
Altmetric Badge

About this Attention Score

  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#3 of 347)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)

Mentioned by

news
1 news outlet
blogs
3 blogs
twitter
630 tweeters
wikipedia
1 Wikipedia page
googleplus
2 Google+ users

Readers on

mendeley
4 Mendeley
Title
Judaism as a Group Evolutionary Strategy
Published in
Human Nature, March 2018
DOI 10.1007/s12110-018-9310-x
Pubmed ID
Authors

Nathan Cofnas, Cofnas, Nathan

Abstract

MacDonald argues that a suite of genetic and cultural adaptations among Jews constitutes a "group evolutionary strategy." Their supposed genetic adaptations include, most notably, high intelligence, conscientiousness, and ethnocentrism. According to this thesis, several major intellectual and political movements, such as Boasian anthropology, Freudian psychoanalysis, and multiculturalism, were consciously or unconsciously designed by Jews to (a) promote collectivism and group continuity among themselves in Israel and the diaspora and (b) undermine the cohesion of gentile populations, thus increasing the competitive advantage of Jews and weakening organized gentile resistance (i.e., anti-Semitism). By developing and promoting these movements, Jews supposedly played a necessary role in the ascendancy of liberalism and multiculturalism in the West. While not achieving widespread acceptance among evolutionary scientists, this theory has been enormously influential in the burgeoning political movement known as the "alt-right." Examination of MacDonald's argument suggests that he relies on systematically misrepresented sources and cherry-picked facts. It is argued here that the evidence favors what is termed the "default hypothesis": Because of their above-average intelligence and concentration in influential urban areas, Jews in recent history have been overrepresented in all major intellectual and political movements, including conservative movements, that were not overtly anti-Semitic.

Twitter Demographics

The data shown below were collected from the profiles of 630 tweeters who shared this research output. Click here to find out more about how the information was compiled.

Mendeley readers

The data shown below were compiled from readership statistics for 4 Mendeley readers of this research output. Click here to see the associated Mendeley record.

Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 4 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Unspecified 1 25%
Lecturer 1 25%
Researcher 1 25%
Unknown 1 25%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Unspecified 2 50%
Design 1 25%
Unknown 1 25%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 537. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 21 June 2018.
All research outputs
#9,894
of 11,403,081 outputs
Outputs from Human Nature
#3
of 347 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#720
of 257,046 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Human Nature
#1
of 4 outputs
Altmetric has tracked 11,403,081 research outputs across all sources so far. Compared to these this one has done particularly well and is in the 99th percentile: it's in the top 5% of all research outputs ever tracked by Altmetric.
So far Altmetric has tracked 347 research outputs from this source. They typically receive a lot more attention than average, with a mean Attention Score of 25.6. This one has done particularly well, scoring higher than 99% of its peers.
Older research outputs will score higher simply because they've had more time to accumulate mentions. To account for age we can compare this Altmetric Attention Score to the 257,046 tracked outputs that were published within six weeks on either side of this one in any source. This one has done particularly well, scoring higher than 99% of its contemporaries.
We're also able to compare this research output to 4 others from the same source and published within six weeks on either side of this one. This one has scored higher than all of them