Re: [xmca] Nobel prize talks stupid things about human intelligence

From: Tony Whitson <twhitson who-is-at UDel.Edu>
Date: Thu Oct 25 2007 - 11:39:15 PDT

As far as I know, not even E.O. Wilson, who founded (and still believes
in) "Sociobiology," has ever suggested that socio-cultural differences
within our species could be explained on the basis of genetic differences.

On Thu, 25 Oct 2007, Paul Dillon wrote:

> Eirik,
> Q3 - I've never seen one but have radar out for that kind of news. I could be wrong and would love to know of any studies that claim to show such a relation. Also, I've already presented cases that demonstrate how even health matters can't be reduced to genetics. Neither I nor anyone else I've read on the list has made any statements about pursuing genetics research, pro or con, just vigilance about what's going on with it.
> Paul
> "E. Knutsson" <> wrote:
> Paul,
> "... no causal relationships have ever been demonstrated between genetic traits
> and socio-cultural activity[.]"
> Do we know that? And if we do: is that a valid argument against genetic
> research in general? And if it is: how could "the hegemonic powers" of "Genetic
> determinism" become "a major element of the prevailing academic zeitgeist"?
> Just wondering,
> Eirik.
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