The Myth Of Culture: Why We Need A Genuine Natural Science Of Societies
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The Myth Of Culture: Why We Need A Genuine Natural Science Of Societies

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Before oxygens discovery, scientists invoked a mysterious inner principle of fire to account for burning. Today, scholars appeal to an analogously unscientific inner principle, known as culture, to account for human actions. So what is wrong with culture?! It extends from the contents of Petrie dishes to art galleries and is far too imprecise for scientific use. Science aims to separate causes from effects but social scientists use culture indiscriminately as both cause and effect making scientific progress impossible. Finally, culture is a smokescreen distracting us from the quest for objective influences on human behavior. (Polygamy is more about parasites than religion, for instance). This book is both
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ISBN-13 9781847186195
Language English
Binding Hard Bound
Publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Publishing Date 2008-07-01
Total Pages 315