Category Archives: Sociobiology

Rethinking the Theoretical Foundation of Sociobiology

Current sociobiology is in theoretical disarray, with a diversity of frameworks that are poorly related to each other. Part of the problem is a reluctance to revisit the pivotal events that took place during the 1960s, including the rejection of group selection … Continue reading

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Genes, Mind, And Culture: The Coevolutionary Process

A classic on Human Sociobiology, Genes, Mind, and Culture introduces the concept of gene-culture coevolution. In this volume Lumsden and Wilson provide a much needed facsimile edition of their original work, together with a major review of progress in the … Continue reading

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The sociobiology of everyday life

The 1000-year-old novel The Tale of Genji, written by Murasaki Shikibu around 1002 CE, shows the operation of general principles of sociobiology. Isolated from western influences and cloaked in Japanese traditions, the common traits associated with reproductive processes are clearly … Continue reading

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Sociobiology and Epistemology

The papers presented in this special collection focus upon conceptual, theoretical and epistemological aspects of sociobiology, an emerging discipline that deals with the extent to which genetic factors influence or control patterns of behavior as well as the extent to … Continue reading

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One giant leap: How Insects achieved Altruism and Colonial Life

The advanced colonial state of eusociality has evolved in insects as a defense of nest sites within foraging distance of persistent food sources. In the Hymenoptera, the final step in the approach to eusociality is through a suite of preadaptations … Continue reading

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Sociobiology: The New Synthesis

Sociobiology: The New Synthesis — a classic work first published in 1975,  created a new discipline and started a tumultuous round in the age-old nature versus nurture debate. Although voted by officers and fellows of the international Animal Behavior Society … Continue reading

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