from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The study of the biological determinants of social behavior, based on the theory that such behavior is often genetically transmitted and subject to evolutionary processes.

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  • n. The science that applies the principles of evolutionary biology to the study of social behaviour in both humans and animals

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  • n. the branch of biology that conducts comparative studies of the social organization of animals (including human beings) with regard to its evolutionary history


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  • He even coined the term sociobiology to describe the field that he was opening up—namely the study of the social behavior of animals and humans and how this is related to genetics, early experience, and the survival of species.

    Born to Bark

  • With my evident interest in sociobiology, this was too good a parallel to pass up, so I figured I'd try to mash together the cyberpunks with the PUAs and see what came out the other end, while addressing some interesting things I noted in Strauss's text.


  • Because of the universals I see, I'm much more interested in sociobiology, though -- the sense that evolution has formed our minds and thereby, in deep and powerful ways, constrained the types and shapes possible in human societies.


  • * Yes, I know that John Paul Scott was likely the first to use the term sociobiology, but it was Wilson who brought the field into its own (and took so much flack early on).

    Howard Hughes and the Hole in the Ceiling

  • Driven by what he called the “amphetamine of ambition,” he resolved to write a book on a discipline that he decided to dub sociobiology.


  • The latest deadweight dragging us closer to phrenology is "evolutionary psychology," or the science formerly known as sociobiology, which studies the evolutionary roots of human behavior.

    Just-so stories from evolutionary psychology: Why kids don’t eat their vegetables

  • To SOME people, few but vocal, Edward O. Wilson is a bugbear, infamous as the leading enunciator of a branch of science called sociobiology.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • The latest technologies like fMRI get misused in the service of biological reductionism and neo-eugenics (euphemistically called sociobiology and evolutionary psychology).

    Boing Boing

  • Stephen Jay Gould once called sociobiology a collection of

    Uncommon Descent

  • Thus, the study of social behavior from an evolutionary perspective has never been more active, but the term "sociobiology" is avoided because of the controversy surrounding the publication of E.O. Wilson's Sociobiology in 1975.

    David Sloan Wilson: Evolutionary Psychology and the Public Media: Rekindling the Romance


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