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Darwinian ReductionismOr, How to Stop Worrying and Love Molecular Biology$
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Alexander Rosenberg

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226727295

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226727318.001.0001

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Genomics, Human History, and Cooperation

Genomics, Human History, and Cooperation

(p.201) 7 Genomics, Human History, and Cooperation
Darwinian Reductionism
University of Chicago Press

This chapter offers a glimpse into what taking gene-sequence data seriously can show us about the nature and history of one particular terrestrial lineage, Homo sapiens. It reports on the light that gene-sequence data can shed on cultural evolution, a process which no responsible reductionist supposes to be a matter of genetically encoded inheritance. If it turns out that culture holds our genes on a leash (instead of the reverse), then at least some twitches on the leash will show up in gene-sequence changes over time. And this record of human affairs recorded in the genes is just what the chapter reports.

Keywords:   gene-sequence data, Homo sapiens, cultural evolution, genes, genomics

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