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ERIC Number: ED265650
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 20
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Applying the Sociobiological Synthesis to Education.
Shaker, Paul
This paper argues that the emerging discipline of sociobiology has the potential of doing what epistemologists, developmental psychologists, psychoanalysts, and ethologists have been unable to do: to provide a theory documenting our inherited dispositions as reflected in cultural evolution and personal development. Accordingly, the paper begins with a summary of the basic concepts of sociobiology, and then shows how these concepts are compatible with a number of theories already applied in education, such as those of Piaget, Kohlberg, Chomsky, and Jung, which describe certain inherited behavioral or psychological patterns. A central concern of sociobiologists is an inquiry into the natural selection processes that govern the evolution of human culture. Elements of culture--"memes" which can be communicated but not subdivided--are selected according to some criterion of value. The major tasks that sociobiologists face are: (1) describing the nature of these "memes" or bits of culture, which then evolve in a competitive process; and (2) identifying the values--based on inherited predispositions--that determine the survival of one set of memes over another. (TE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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