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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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57) In addition, however, sociobiologists entertain the possibility that altruistic kindness can redound on oneself, or that, even without individual hope of reward or return, multiplication of altruistic activities can shape a group over time for its evolutionary betterment.
Lowering our sights to biology and its implications for ethics, critics of Social Darwinism have charged that the distinction between past and future selves gets lost when natural historians and sociobiologists reduce human nature to its past and its genetic leash.
Anti-rationalism has been criticised by, among others, that arch-rationalist Richard Dawkins who in turn, though, is arguing for the supremacy of his own discipline as do other sociobiologists today.
Contrary to the Darwinian sociobiologists who believe genes are the basic, practically exclusive explanation for human behavior, Dagg believes from her studies that "human beings act as they do primarily because of their sex and personality.
Sociobiologists will, of course, be more forgiving, pointing out that these men are simply doing their job in attempting to perpetuate the species by retrieving information to fine-tune their future sexual performance.
Sociobiologists suggest that men regard beauty as a symbol of health, which translates into producing healthy offspring.
Classic themes were readily seen to correlate with biosocial tenets, but from the very start participants expressed concern that sociobiologists avoid the kinds of biased and sloppy research methods generally attributed to literary critics and their various schools.
She chides sociobiologists who use loaded phrases like "the selfish gene" and "sneaker" males, but unabashedly introduces the term "genial gene," and refers to separated breeding pairs as "divorcing" and "deadbeat" animals.
While sociobiologists might recognize this, at least in the area of religious ritual, and indeed would investigate the evolution of Islam in precisely these terms, we may strongly doubt that this is Iqbal's intention.
To counter the difficulties sociobiologists face reconciling the "biological and metaphorical interpretations" (p.
Sociobiologists indignantly responded by denying the links between genetic determinism, eugenics, racism and National Socialism.
The sheer variety of ways to attack our humanity, be that from the pens of behaviorists, sociobiologists, political economists, or animal rights advocates, constitutes but more evidence, albeit not the prettiest, of just how extraordinary we human beings are.