Unformatted text preview: The Question of Human Nature Biological determinism: (sociobiology) problematic view that tries to explain human behaviour as a product of biological influences - Old views are based on ideas of Freud and Darwin, new views are based on genetics. Cultural determinism- the idea that the mind is a blank slate/tabula rasa, and that behaviour is totally dependent on learning – this is also a problematic view. Human behaviour is the result of combined socio-cultural, biological and psychological factors, and varies from person to person, culture to culture. “Instinct”: “an inborn complex pattern of behaviour that must exist in every member of a species and, because it is embedded in the genetic code, cannot be overcome by force of will… a complex sequential stimulus-response pattern”.- The term “instinct” as metaphor – means intuition, as in “I have a gut instinct about that…” “Drives” are part of every human being but their expression differs dramatically in each. They are “Drives” are part of every human being but their expression differs dramatically in each....
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- Spring '08
- Sociology, Human Nature Biological, problematic view