17: Social and Biopolitical Dimensions of Evolutionary Thinking
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- Explain the relationship among genes, bodies, and organismal change.
- Discuss the shortcomings of simplistic understandings of genetics.
- Describe what is meant by the “biopolitics of heredity.”
- Discuss issues caused by misuse of ideas about adaptations and natural selection.
- Examine and correct myths about evolution.
In this chapter, we will consider multilevel evolution and explore evolution as a complex interaction between genetic and epigenetic factors as well as the environments in which organisms live. Next, we will examine the biopolitical nature of human evolution. We will then investigate problems that arise from attributing all traits to an adaptive function. Finally, we will address common misconceptions about evolution. The goal of this chapter is to provide you with the necessary toolkit for understanding the molecular, anatomical, and political dimensions of evolution.
- 17.1: Introduction to Multilevel Evolution
- 17.2: Evolution Happens at Multiple Levels
- 17.3: The Biopolitics of Heredity
- 17.4: Adaptationism and the Panglossian Paradigm
- 17.5: Concluding Thoughts
- 17.6: Review Questions
- 17.7: Key Terms
- 17.8: End of Chapter Content