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Unformatted text preview: Time magazine ’s cover in 1977 “Invisible genes twitch above them” Science as a Social Practice Carlee Fowler, Harrison Riggs, Jennifer Wadsworth, Katie Wadsworth Sociobiology, Biological Determinism, and Human Behavior Ruth Bleier Sociobiology, according to E.O Wilson, is the systematic study of the biological basis of all social behavior. “By reducing human behavior and complex social phenomena to genes and to inherited and programmed mechanisms of neuronal functioning, the message of the new Wilsonian Sociobiology become rapidly clear: we had best resign ourselves to the fact that the more unsavory aspects of human behavior, like wars, racism, and class struggle, are inevitable results of evolutionary adaptations based in our genes. And of key importance is the fact that the particular roles performed by women and men in society are also biologically, genetically determined; in fact, civilization as we know it, or perhaps any at all, could...
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