* 2000: ESS Conference Utrecht, the Netherlands. To celebrate the 25th anniversary
of sociobiology, the main
theme of the meeting will be: The reception of sociobiology in various countries and by
various disciplines. Local
organizer will be ESS treasurer Vincent Falger. Founding father of sociobiology, Edward O.
Wilson, has promised to
attend the meeting. More information will be available in coming ESS Newsletters. For
up-to-date information one may
also consult the ESS website: http://rint.rechten.rug.nl/rth/ess/ess.htm
"Even as smaller and smaller niches in psychology are carved out, the discipline moves toward a more holistic approach to behavioral science. Pursuing the 'big picture' has been the life's work of Daniel G. Freedman, PhD, a distinguished psychologist whose wide range of interests have provided remarkable variations on a single theme: an interactionist, holistic view of human behavior. His pioneering ethological analyses encouraged naturalistic studies of the evolved bases of behavior; his comparative view of human behavior helped set the stage for current cross-cultural research. Students and scholars interested in the twists and bedrock of human development will find in this volume a stimulating sampler of cutting-edge research on the topics that define Freedman's career: behavior genetics, human ethology, evolutionary psychology, and culture. An expansive ripple effect of scholarship has resulted from Freedman's broad-based research and teachings, and Uniting Psychology and Biology presents this intellectual ancestry."
"First, there would be emphasis on species-wide behaviors, not on variability. No natural science dwells on diversity; all try to generalize, to establish laws that describe the main phenomena of interest. Psychology skipped over this descriptive stage in its history...
Once these universals, these building blocks of human behavior, were recognized, the causes of their variability could be addressed. Much interindividual variation is a result of genetic differences... Moreover, the influence of genes on most behaviors does not subside as children get older...
Perhaps most important, functional analyses of universal human behaviors and developmental events are needed. The great, unique contribution of biology to psychology is the Darwinian perspective, Tinbergen's 'why' question of function..."