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Alas, Poor Darwin: Arguments Against Evolutionary Psychology

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 24 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:740
  1. Paul Higgs, senior lecturer in sociology
  1. Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, University College London

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    Eds Hilary Rose, Steven Rose

    Johnathan Cape £17.99, pp 292

    ISBN 0224 06 0309

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    In 1977 Edward O Wilson, the renowned entomologist, published Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, which insisted on the biological foundations of social relations. In 1998 he published Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge, which attempted to bring together all the branches of knowledge under the umbrella of the natural sciences. He concluded the book by declaring that the workings of all social institutions are ultimately reducible to the laws of physics.

    It is against this reductionist desire that Alas, Poor Darwin is directed. Edited by …

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