In taking a younger, more fertile wife, Jason certainly was behaving in accord with sociobiological
expectations of his gender, but not in accord with Greek cultural norms, which, though biased to privilege male biological values and concerns, did not generally encourage serial polygamy.
A second important aspect of the position which deserves attention but does not get it is the seeming tension between the sociobiological
view of morality as based in altruism with the Greek conception of morality which is based on individual flourishing.
She argues that the phenomenon of microchimerism has provided a new context (and revived life) for old forms of reductionism common in sociobiological
discourse during the 1970s and 80s, and soundly critiqued by early feminist STS.
The need for particular care in scrutinizing any temptation to ascribe purpose to genes or to "nature," even metaphorically, becomes the more important as one moves to consider the other main plank of Wilson's sociobiological
program: "biologicizing" ethics.
This behavior, on the other hand, may be understood on sociobiological
grounds as a simple threat not so much to the order in a classroom, but a threat to the teacher's self-esteem and position of authority (Persson, 2008).
arguments have been occasionally used [as proof of racial inferiority] this type of criticism [of sociobiology] is not only analytically weak but is often very counterproductive.
Contrary to dominant narrative and developmentalist standards, it is only when her body does not portend racial purity, heteroreproductivity, and adulthood--but is instead seen as capable of sociobiological
exchange that ratifies none of the above--that any kind of future becomes visible.
After concluding that Marx's ideal is incompatible with sociobiological
and economist perspectives, Rebecca reaches a workable integration that borrows insights from each tradition: a society that recognizes its ties to human biology but overcomes undesired biological impulse through the power of culture and ideology.
It could be impossible when the full range of human emotions are considered - of the biologically built in short-sightedness that helped our ancestors survive in an all 'natural' world, of the sociobiological
interpretations that indicate that humans are designed to fluctuate between altruism and deadly hostility as mechanisms for survival.
In combination with the physiological wiring, evolutionary theory, sometimes referred to as sociobiological
theory, explains sexual behavior on the basis of human evolution.
Particularly influential was the work of Terrence Des Pres in the 1970s, which fused sociobiological
claims about human adaptability with Erving Goffmann's claims about the role-playing nature of social existence.
Despite her appeal to selected bits of evolutionary psychology, Zunshine strongly emphasizes the "cognitive" aspect of her views, muting and minimizing their sociobiological