chapter  15
PsychoDarwinism: The New Synthesis of Darwin and Freud: Christopher R. Badcock
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In recent years, an increasing number of authors have begun to discuss the possibility of reconciling Darwin and Freud (e.g., Badcock, 1986, 1990a, 1990b, 1991, 1992, 1994; Bischof, 1985; Edelman, 1992; Fox, 1980; GrubrichSimitis, 1985; Leak & Christopher, 1982; Lloyd, 1990; Lloyd & Nesse, 1992; Nesse, 1990a, 1990b; Rancour-Laferriere, 1981, 1985; Ritvo, 1990; Slavin, 1990; Slavin & Kriegman, 1992; Sulloway, 1979; Wenegrat, 1984, 1990a, 1990b; Wilson, 1977; Wright, 1994). As long ago as 1962, Dobzhansky expressed the opinion that, "the discoveries of Freud and his successors are probably amenable to interpretation in agreement with concepts of modern genetics" (cited in Rancour-Laferriere, 1981, p. 441). Wilson declared that, "psychoanalytic theory appears to be exceptionally compatible with sociobiological theory" (cited in Rancour-Laferriere, 1981, p. 435), and Barash (1979) was among the first to explore the extensive overlap between Freud's discoveries and modern Darwinism.