Re: Zihlman and Sociobiology

Bryant (
27 Sep 1996 10:40:06 -0600

In article <52fn4v$>, Paul Gallagher <> wrote:
>Maybe one way to show up the difficulties in genetic models of culture is to
>remember that each gene codes for a protein. If you say culture is in our
>genes, the mystification of the concept of gene makes that statement look
>sensible, but if you say, culture is in the proteins that our genes make,
>then the statement might become a little more suspect.

You need to explain, if the capacity for culture is not "in the brain
mechanisms" coded for by genes, just how you view culture as arising.

If you're trying to paint a picture of evolutionary psychologists saying
that each discrete cultural practice is coded for genetically, you've
seriously misunderstood the theories under discussion. That seems
unlikely, given your other postings.