Constraints on Human Behaviour

  • John Maynard Smith


This, the authors tells us, is ‘not a work of science; it is a work about science’. Its thesis is that, in the coming period, the social sciences will be transformed by contact with evolutionary biology, in the same way as, in the immediate past, biology has been transformed by contact with chemistry. Human nature, like the nature of ants, hunting dogs or primroses, is the product of evolution by natural selection. It does not vanish with the appearance of culture, but remains as a constraint on the kinds of ways in which people can behave, and the kinds of societies which they can construct. Knowing this, he argues, it is both possible and useful to discover the nature of these constraints.


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© John Maynard Smith 1988

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