Behavior: Genes uber A//es

"Descended from apes! My dear, let us hope it is not so; but if it is, let us hope that it does not become generally known. "

—Wife of the Bishop of Worcester, 19th century

The bishop's dithering wife is alive, well, residing in modern America and very dangerous, says Harvard Anthropologist Melvin J. Konner. In fact, he fears, she was very much in evidence at the annual American Anthropological Association meeting in Washington, where the subject of angry debate was the divisive new discipline of sociobiology and its chief spokesman Edward O. Wilson. The...

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