The Biological Roots of Human Nature
The size of her colony is apparent from the fact that every month it consumed 12 barrels of crackers and a ton and a half of oats. The scientific presentations which follow the fascinating introductory historical and biographical sketches bring us right up to date on the modern scientific use of inbred mouse strains.
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And so this volume is not only a tribute to the handful of individuals who had the patience and foresight to standardize the various strains by inbreeding but is also a tribute to the mouse itself as "man's best friend. By Mary Midgley. Ithaca, N. Intellectual sparks—even technological fire—often fly when previously remote disciplines rasp against each other.
The Biological Roots of Human Nature: Forging Links Between Evolution and ...
The recent abrasions of biology with the study of human behaviour, however, have usually generated more heat than illumination. Fortunately, Mary Midgley's background supplies a new kind of tinder which has produced an intriguing and stimulating book.
She is a moral philosopher by trade. And so in her book she contrasts what Tinbergen, Lorenz, Maslow, Goodall, Trivers, Wilson, and others have had to say with what the great philosophers of human nature and ethics might have said.
This she does in a light, witty, jargon-free manner from a position based largely on Aristotle that most biological of philosophers. The book is in four parts. First, Midgley argues that man does have a nature contrary to the "human-behaviour-is-totally-plastic" schools ofsociology and psychology. Furthermore, this nature is fundamentally and unescapably "animal.
This in turn leads to a discussion of "instinct" and "purpose. In part 2, she asks how this human nature should be studied. Like many others, she is angered by the "generous" offer of E. Wilson to have sociobiology "take over" or "cannibalize" psychology and sociology. Wilson, she says, is correct in setting straight the errors Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.
Shipped from UK. Established seller since Seller Inventory GB Book Description Paperback. Not Signed; A short, stimulating book on the relevance of biological evolution to the study of behaviour. Goldsmith argues that anyone studying the social behaviour of humans must take into consideration both proximate cause - the physiology, biochemistry, and social mechanisms of behaviour, and the ultimate c.
The Biological Roots of Human Nature Forging Links Between Evolution and Behavior
Revised ed. Language: English. Brand new Book. Many of the confusing and misunderstood elements of sociobiology are clearly explained for the generalreader.
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