DOI link for Mammalian Sociology
Mammalian Sociology book
It is certainly unwise to take an opposite point of view and, regarding too optimistically the rapid progress of experimental psychology, to proceed in the discussion of sociology on the logical assumption that in the ulti mate analysis of vital behaviour the responses of man will prove no different in kind from those of the earth worm. It is perhaps possible, as some maintain, that all external manifestations of behaviour will come within the scope of explanation of the conditioned reflex. If, as many experiments suggest, they do not, it is still probable that they will all come within the scope of explanation of some other concept equally well based upon phenomena that are established objec tively. But to devise, as Alverdes has done, classificatory schemes of social behaviour to include both animals and man, on the assumption that all behaviour is fundamentally the same in kind, may be far more mis leading than to conduct human sociological researches y 1th implicit faith in the doctrine of man’s separation from the rest of the animal world.