The general failure of sociologists to understand, much less accept, an evolutionary perspective on human behavior transcends mere ignorance and ideological bias, although it incorporates a good deal of both. It also includes a general anthropocentric discomfort with evolutionary thinking, a self-interested resistance to self-understanding, and a trained sociological incapacity to accept the fundamental canons of scientific theory construction: reductionism, individualism, materialism, and parsimony.
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van den Berghe, P.L. Why most sociologists don't (and won't) think evolutionarily. Sociol Forum 5, 173–185 (1990). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01112591
- reductionism, biosociology