• Charles J. Lumsden
Part of the Readings from the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience book series (REN)


Contrary to its popular image, sociobiology is neither a particular theory of behavior nor a politically defined doctrine on human nature. It is a scientific discipline, defined as the systematic study of the biological basis of all forms of social behavior (including sexual and parental) in organisms, including humans. General sociobiology, covering the facts and theories for all living creatures, can be usefully distinguished from human sociobiology, which addresses the topics, such as language and conscious thought processes, peculiar to human beings.

Further reading

  1. Dawkins R (1976): The Selfish Gene. New York: Oxford University PressGoogle Scholar
  2. Lumsden CJ, Wilson EO (1981): Genes, Mind, and Culture: The Coevolutionary Process. Cambridge: Harvard University PressGoogle Scholar
  3. Lumsden CJ, Wilson EO (1983): Promethean hire: Reflections on the Origin of Mind. Cambridge: Harvard University PressGoogle Scholar
  4. Findlay CS, Lumsden CJ (1986): The creative mind: toward an evolutionary theory of discovery and innovation. Journal of Social and Biological Structures (in press).Google Scholar
  5. Wilson EO (1975): Sociohiology: The New Synthesis. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University PressGoogle Scholar

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