A Letter From The Publisher, Aug. 1, 1977

Man's social behavior, like that of other animals, is influenced by his genes. So runs the controversial proposition at the heart of a new discipline called sociobiology. This week's cover story takes a look at sociobiology, the latest incarnation of Darwinism, examining its proposals that man's behavior is based on evolution, that even the golden rule—do as you would be done by—derives from a genetically based reciprocal altruism designed to help individuals perpetuate their own genes.

"At first, most people seem to be fascinated by sociobiology, but at the same time they hate...

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