Article ID: CBB000740748

Powerful Intuitions: Re-reading Nature versus Nurture with Charles Darwin and Clifford Geertz (2007)

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Both the British naturalist Charles Darwin and the American anthropologist Clifford Geertz attempted explanations of the origin of variation: the former of the biological kind, the latter of the cultural kind. In so doing, both made claims that outstripped the evidence they possessed. But, in retrospect, in light of the history of the Nature versus Nurture debate, they nevertheless seem prescient, thereby possessing a kind of scientific intuition. By looking closely at these two intuitions, historically divided, but united by the concept of variation, this article argues that it is not always a bad thing to be either unaware or ignorant, that truths need not necessarily lead to other truths, and that one form of knowledge may be relevant to another, even when the second form is not consciously understood.

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Description “[A]rgues that it is not always a “bad” thing to be either unaware or ignorant, that truths need not necessarily lead to other truths, and that one form of knowledge may be relevant to another, even when the second form is not consciously understood.” (from the abstract)


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Authors & Contributors
Marciano, Alain
Nock, David A.
Richerson, Peter J.
Boyd, Robert
Wilson, David Sloan
Alter, Stephen G.
Journals
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Publishers
Duke University
University of Minnesota Press
Harvard University Press
Armando
Princeton University Press
Cambridge University Press
Concepts
Social evolution
Evolution
Cultural anthropology
Darwinism
Human evolution
Nature and its relationship to culture; human-nature relationships
People
Darwin, Charles Robert
Hayek, Friedrich August von
Leacock, Stephen
Baldwin, James Mark
Wallace, Alfred Russel
Haeckel, Ernst
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
21st century
20th century, early
20th century, late
Places
Canada
Great Britain
Belgium
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