Re: "memetic realm"

From: Keith Henson (
Date: Wed 05 Jan 2005 - 05:57:46 GMT

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    At 05:21 PM 29/12/04 +1100, you wrote:

    >On 29/12/2004, at 4:46 PM, Keith Henson wrote:
    >>... Given the extent to which sociobiology had been besmirched by its
    >>detractors, that goal would have been exceedingly difficult without a
    >>change in label. Camouflage is a commonly used means of predator avoidance.
    >I disagree a little that EP is the replacement camouflage for
    >sociobiology. There appears to be one major difference among a host of
    >minor differences with EP and sociobiology and that is that sociobiology
    >assumes a direct causal link between behaviour and genes, while EP allows
    >for, and indeed spends a lot of time dealing with, the intervention
    >between genes and behaviour by culture.

    I am just quoting, but here's what Sliverman had to say:

    "In that sense, EP is indeed sociobiology under a new banner. In fact, perusal of the Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology (Crawford and Krebs, 1998) or most any other contemporary review of the field, will reveal pretty much the same cadre of scholars or their students, pursuing the same topics, within the same theoretical frameworks, as we did when we all called ourselves sociobiologists."

    It's a good article.

    Keith Henson

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