class 2--1.24 - Biology and Culture In order to survival,...

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Biology and Culture In order to survival, we need to understand that we are biological: o Everything we say and do is geared towards reproducing our genes. o Sociobiology; Edward Wilson in 1975. A synthesis between the behavioral and biological sciences. One major theme: reproducing our genes more efficiently. Organisms don’t reproduce, genes do. Human behavior: How much time and effort do we put in to trying to prevent pregnancy? o Drinking, smoking, eating unhealthy Not limited by our biology: o Historically, epidemic diseases have been the #1 killer of humans. Trying to explain human behavior by judging animal behavior is taking a huge leap of faith. Alpha Male o Biggest, strongest male fights off all competitors and then gains sexual access to all the females. o For males, sperm is cheap; it’s a constantly renewable resource. o Strategy is to spread their genes far and wide. o
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This note was uploaded on 10/30/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 3601 taught by Professor O'neil during the Spring '11 term at LSU.

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