Biology as Ideology

Biology as Ideology - Biology as Ideology: The Doctrine of...

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Biology as Ideology: The Doctrine of DNA. R.C. Lewontin, New York: HarperCollins Publishers Inc., 1991. 123pp. For years, the issue of nature versus nurture has caused much debate. Many scientists formed different speculations, popular belief given to almost any “finding” that had a well-enough known name behind it. In Biology as Ideology: the Doctrine of DNA, R.C. Lewontin presented, and then sarcastically criticized scientific researches, all the while pointing out the room for bias. Doing so, Lewontin forced the reader to develop a personal opinion of the information being blindly accepted as fact. In Biology as Ideology , Lewontin began his argument that “science is a social institution” (3), by stressing the different influences science has on society, and vice versa. Many different genetic arguments were provided, complete with a variety of professional explanations or contradictions. The chapters were structured in a way where the popular scientific argument was stated primarily, with opposing theories next, and
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