Open Peer Commentary
Some misunderstandings and misinterpretations about sociobiology and behavior genetics in Lifelines by Steven Rose
|Stephen C. Maxson a1|
a1 Department of Psychology, Graduate Degree Program in Biobehavioral Sciences, The University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269-4154
Lifelines by Steven Rose is supposed to present a new
perspective on biology replacing an emphasis on genes with one on
organisms. However, much of the book is a highly biased critique of
sociobiology and behavior genetics. Some of the flaws in Rose's
description and depiction of these fields are presented and refuted.
Also, it would appear that these aspects of the book and many others
are, in fact, related more to Rose's perennial concern for the
ideology, social origins or social consequences of behavioral biology.
These concerns are, I believe based, in part, upon Rose's
misunderstandings and misinterpretations of genetics, behavior genetics,