chapter  7
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Epilogue

The roots of the Socio-biology controversy, the infirmities of Evolutionary Psychology, and the unity of anthropology
ByJohn P. Jackson, David J. Depew

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts of the concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book criticizes Degler's and Pinker's histories of how evolutionary biology and social sciences are related. It revisits interaction between anthropologists and population genetic biologists in order to put Lewontin's arguments in a more favorable light and to suggest that they are even more telling against Sociobiology's successor, Evolutionary Psychology. Since Socio-biology and Evolutionary Psychology have helped drive a wedge between biological and cultural anthropologists, the tendency of our argument is to hope they will close ranks. In one way or another all argued that even if key behavioral traits are cooperative adaptationist explanations of them come at expense of culture concept that has demarcated anthropology since Kroeber. The book argues that Kroeber's dispute with White shows that he opposed doctrine that culture alone causes and explains etiology of human traits.