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" The genes hold culture on a leash. The leash is very long, but inevitably values will be constrained in accordance with their effects on the human gene pool. "
Evolution and Human Values - Page 133
edited by - 1995 - 251 pages
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The Construction of Reality

Michael A Arbib, Michael A. Arbib, Mary B. Hesse - Philosophy - 1986 - 286 pages
...talisman or design a Skinnerian technology that creates a race of saints? The answer is no. . . . The genes hold culture on a leash. The leash is very long,...their effects on the human gene pool. . . . Human behavior - like the deepest capacities for emotional response which drive and guide it - is the circuitous...
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Certainties and Doubts: Collected Papers, 1962-1985

George Caspar Homans - Biography & Autobiography - 1987 - 260 pages
...a direction and momentum of its own and completely replace genetic evolution?" He thinks not: "The genes hold culture on a leash. The leash is very long,...accordance with their effects on the human gene pool." But we really are not sure, and it behooves us to find out as soon as we can. When Wilson dealt in...
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Environmental Concepts, Policies, and Strategies

J. Rose, John Rose - Political Science - 1990 - 244 pages
...see how cultural development can be accelerated. AN ORGANISMIC VIEW To take Wilson's own words again, "values will be constrained in accordance with their effects on the human gene pool."6 If a statement of human nature, relying on Wilson to some extent, on Dansereau. on Burnet and...
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An Introduction to Ethics: Five Central Problems of Moral Judgement

Geoffrey Thomas - Philosophy - 1993 - 220 pages
...gain a direction and momentum of its own and completely replace genetic evolution? I think not. The genes hold culture on a leash. The leash is very long,...accordance with their effects on the human gene pool (Wilson, 1978: 167). But if Wilson here emphasizes the existence of the leash, one might equally stress...
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Catholicism: New Study Edition--Completely Revised and Updated

Richard P. McBrien - Religion - 1994 - 1344 pages
...regard as their logical extreme. Harvard University sociobiologist Edward O. Wilson suggests that "the genes hold culture on a leash. The leash is very long,...accordance with their effects on the human gene pool." Nature's first commandment, Wilson argues, is to do what is genetically advantageous. In two of his...
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Sin: Radical Evil in Soul and Society

Ted Peters - Religion - 1994 - 338 pages
...gain a direction and momentum of its own and completely replace genetic evolution? I think not. The genes hold culture on a leash. The leash is very long,...in accordance with their effects on the human gene pool.9 The image developed by science writers such as Dawkins and Wilson suggests that biological determinants...
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Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanins of Life

Daniel C. Dennett - Philosophy - 1996 - 586 pages
...principles or a "higher code" was an "illusion." In a famous image, Wilson puts his vision this way: The genes hold culture on a leash. The leash is very long,...accordance with their effects on the human gene pool. [E. Wilson 1978, p. 167.] But all this means (unless it is just false) is that, in the long run, //we...
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The Norton History of the Human Sciences

Roger Smith - Social Science - 1997 - 1036 pages
...strategies, is the basis for all human science and decisions about what to do for the public good. The genes hold culture on a leash. The leash is very long,...with their effects on the human gene pool . . . Human behavior - like the deepest capacities for emotional response which drive and guide it - is the circuitous...
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Social Darwinism in European and American Thought, 1860-1945: Nature as ...

Michael Hawkins, Mike Hawkins - History - 1997 - 344 pages
...most see genetic evolution as the determinant of cultural possibilities. In the words of Wilson: 'The genes hold culture on a leash. The leash is very long, but inevitably values will 14 Wilson, On Human Nature, 32-3. " Dawkins, Selfish Gene, 67, 83. " M. Ridley, The Red Queen (Harmondsworth:...
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The Cambridge Companion to Christian Doctrine

Colin E. Gunton - Religion - 1997 - 307 pages
...for the greater good of the gene pool. On this view, human values are reduced to biological facts: 'inevitably values will be constrained in accordance with their effects on the human gene pool'.18 Nature swallows up freedom. Is the self able to be responsible for itself, as Enlightenment...
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