Sociobiology's Sucker Punch
By Bryan Caplan
A revelatory passage in Robert Wright’s The Moral Animal:
The various revolutionaries [of Darwinian social science] stubbornly refuse to call themselves by a single, simple name… They once had a name – “sociobiology,” Wilson‘s apt and useful term. But Wilson’s book drew so much fire, provoked so many charges of malign political intent, so much caricature of sociobiology’s substance, that the word became tainted… People sometimes ask: What ever happened to sociobiology? The answer is that it went underground, where it has been eating away at the foundations of academic orthodoxy.