Re: the G- word, reply to Whitehead

Danny Yee (danny@STAFF.CS.SU.OZ.AU)
Tue, 20 Dec 1994 01:00:52 +1000

Mike Lieber writes:
> Neither I nor anyone else that I know of are trying to read genes out of
> anthropological or any other sort of discussion.
[ examples of the importance of learning and nerobiology ]
> But I want to know precisely how gene action
> operates in nerve net formation and which alleles operate to form which
> differences in which populations. Let us not throw out the baby with the
> bath water.

As usual, Mike is to the point. I'd just like to stress that learning
and neurobiology are just some of the things other than genes that
are important, both in "ordinary" evolutionary biology and in its
application to anthropology. To list just a few:

* Geography and geographical distribution of populations (eg mosaics, hybrid

* Ecology and interactions between species

* History

Danny Yee.