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sociobiology

 [so″se-o-bi-ol´ah-je]
the branch of theoretical biology that proposes that animal (including human) behavior has a biological basis controlled by the genes. adj., adj sociobiolog´ical.

sociobiology

/so·cio·bi·ol·o·gy/ (so″se-o-bi-ol´ah-je) the branch of theoretical biology that proposes that animal (including human) behavior has a biological basis controlled by the genes.sociobiolog´icsociobiolog´ical

sociobiology

(sō′sē-ō-bī-ŏl′ə-jē, -shē-)
n.
The study of the biological determinants of social behavior, based on the theory that such behavior is often genetically transmitted and subject to evolutionary processes.

so′ci·o·bi′o·log′i·cal (-bī′ə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.
so′ci·o·bi·ol′o·gist n.

sociobiology

[sō′sē·ō′bī·ol′əjē]
Etymology: L, socius, companion; Gk, bios, life, logos, science
the systematic study of biology as a basis for human behavior. Proponents contend that disease, stress, and aggression are natural pressures for maintaining an optimal level of population.

sociobiology

the explanation of social behaviour in terms of evolutionary theory
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Welcome light on human motivation in an evolutionary context is provided by Pope's useful identification of four areas in which he considers that much modern sociobiological writing is significantly defective: (1) reductionism, which explains "higher" human capacities in terms of biological or genetic principles, ultimately genetic fitness and the "selfish gene"; (71) (2) determinism, which considers the human mind "no more than a biological means by which irresistible genetic forces determine external acts," thus concentrating on one causal factor of action and neglecting all others; (72) (3) a disregard for the contribution of culture to human consciousness and choice, such that "the amazing plasticity and variety of the human emotional constitution .
Margaret Gruter, Sociobiological Perspective, supra note 18, at 185-86
His core idea is a sociobiological elaboration of ethnic nepotism theory--that ethnic solidarity is kin selection on a large scale.
In chapter four, he writes, "Thus there is a sociobiological explanation of why the tendency to be moved by the needs of others, especially the needs of kin, has become a characteristic of the species" (PRMC 62).
5) The hybrid aspect of Xenogenesis is analysed with further specificity by Cathy Peppers, who identifies how the trilogy places some of 'our culture's most powerful origin stories'--the biblical story of sexual differentiation, the sociobiological narrative of the genetic production of identities, and the palaeoanthropological story of evolution from prehistoric ancestors--in dialogic relation with each other and with 'the narrative of the African diaspora and slavery (a/the origin story of African-American identity)'.
We have done our best to make a virtue out of our individual and sociobiological limits through market economics and democratic politics.
For this reason, most sociobiological studies are relatively uninformative, if not irrelevant, for understanding human morality.
Autoethnographic self-reflection can therefore be used to re-narrate subjugated sexual scripts and reconstruct emancipated sexual identities, thus enabling individuals to rid themselves of the shackles of confining, essentialist gender ideologies set forth by sociobiological determinism (Freedman & Combs, 1996; Guidano, 1991; Kleinman, 1988; White & Epston, 1990).
The model of the essentialized child derives from psychological and sociobiological theories of development that assume that infancy and childhood are different states of being from adulthood.
Given these evidentiary problems, a good deal more caution in making such arguments should have been in order; otherwise, they become merely sociobiological "just-so stories," of which we have plenty already.
Some even attribute our actions to our genes and offer sociobiological explanations of our behavior.
Principles of sociobiological management based on the impact of maturation processes on population behaviour in moose.