ited Press International, July 4, 2001, Wednesday
HEADLINE: Analysis: Why the French ignore Darwin
BYLINE: By STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent
In 1975, Edward O. Wilson of Harvard published his landmark book on animal
and human social behavior, "Sociobiology." When leftist academics
denounced the discipline, John Tooby and Leda Cosmides, a husband-wife team
University of California at Santa Barbara, cleverly changed the field's
Tooby and Cosmides made evolutionary psychology politically palatable by
insisting that Darwinism was only about human universals and had little to do
with hereditary differences. This would have come as news to Charles
Darwin, who understood inherited variations to be essential to evolution.
the necessary basis for the action of selection," wrote Darwin.
Still, as a marketing ploy, evolutionary psychology proved a huge
success in America. Even scientists who snort in derision at evolutionary
politically pious characterization of Darwinism praise it for sneaking
the study of sex differences into universities under the noses of feminist