Letters, Aug. 22, 1977

Not the Devil but the Genes?

To the Editors.

Sociobiology [Aug. 1], like other theories that deny the importance of the individual mind and conscience, will sweep the nation. Instead of saying, "The devil made me do it," one can now be scientific and say, "I can't help it; it's in my genes."

David S. Bradburn

Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Sociobiology may apply to ants, but your article reveals it as just another pop simplification when it is extended to people. Rational theories of human behavior have to be flexible enough to account for both a...

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