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Selection and ``freedom'' in biology and psychology

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Leslie, Julian (1999) Selection and ``freedom'' in biology and psychology. BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES, 22 (5). 897+. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Rose provides a coherent account of how a number of simplifying assumptions apparently come together to support neurogenetic determinism, or ultra-Darwinism.'' This view, he demonstrates, is deeply flawed. He proposes instead that we must take account of the interaction of processes that determine our developmental trajectory at every stage. Unfortunately he associates this defensible position with the claim that this gives freedom of action to humans. The implications of this for the interpretation of his general thesis are discussed.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Psychology Research Institute
Psychology Research Institute > Behavioural Neuroscience & Behavioural Analysis
ID Code:1659
Deposited By:Mrs Fiona Harkin
Deposited On:23 Dec 2009 09:33
Last Modified:13 Mar 2012 16:33

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