Rethinking the Theoretical Foundation of Sociobiology

@article{Wilson2007RethinkingTT,
  title={Rethinking the Theoretical Foundation of Sociobiology},
  author={David Sloan Wilson and Edward O. Wilson},
  journal={The Quarterly Review of Biology},
  year={2007},
  volume={82},
  pages={327 - 348}
}
  • D. Wilson, E. Wilson
  • Published 1 December 2007
  • Psychology, Biology
  • The Quarterly Review of Biology
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 and the development of alternative theoretical frameworks to explain the evolution of cooperative and altruistic behaviors. In this article, we take a “back to basics” approach, explaining what group selection is, why its rejection was… 
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