Special Perspectives

Biology, Politics, and the Emerging Science of Human Nature

Science  07 Nov 2008:
Vol. 322, Issue 5903, pp. 912-914
DOI: 10.1126/science.1158188

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Abstract

In the past 50 years, biologists have learned a tremendous amount about human brain function and its genetic basis. At the same time, political scientists have been intensively studying the effect of the social and institutional environment on mass political attitudes and behaviors. However, these separate fields of inquiry are subject to inherent limitations that may only be resolved through collaboration across disciplines. We describe recent advances and argue that biologists and political scientists must work together to advance a new science of human nature.

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