Biology, Politics, and the Emerging Science of Human Nature

Science, Vol. 322, pp. 912-914, November 2008

9 Pages Posted: 10 Nov 2008

See all articles by James H. Fowler

James H. Fowler

UC San Diego Division of Social Sciences; UC San Diego School of Medicine

Darren M. Schreiber

University of Exeter

Date Written: November 7, 2008

Abstract

In the past fifty 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. Here we describe recent advances in the emerging fields of genopolitics and neuropolitics and argue that biologists and political scientists must work together to advance a new science of human nature.

Suggested Citation

Fowler, James H. and Schreiber, Darren M., Biology, Politics, and the Emerging Science of Human Nature (November 7, 2008). Science, Vol. 322, pp. 912-914, November 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1297405

James H. Fowler (Contact Author)

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UC San Diego School of Medicine ( email )

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Darren M. Schreiber

University of Exeter ( email )

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Exeter, Devon EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://politicsemerging.com

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