The Second Century of the Darwinian Revolution

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(9), 682–685. Reviews the books, Sociobiology and Human Nature: An Interdisciplinary Critique and Defence edited by Michael S. Gregory, Anita Silvers, and Diane Sutch (1978); The Sociobiology of Homo Sapiens by Mark Shapiro (1978); and On Human Nature by Edward O. Wilson (1978). The first book is overall a very valuable source for anyone interested in a broad range of opinions from advocates and critics engaged in the recent debate over sociobiology. Shapiro's book begins with a discussion of some grand themes in literature, and ends with a discussion of philosophical approaches to process and general intentionality. The book is wide ranging and perhaps not without value to those who enjoy speculative allegorical analysis. In the third book, the first 100 pages are devoted to a nontechnical presentation of Wilson's major propositions. Then four of the elemental categories of behavior–aggression, sex, altruism, and religion–are examined from Wilson's view of sociobiological theory. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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