Any good social system is realistic
This is my first interview, at the conference of the International
Society of Human Ethology in Amsterdam, July 1992. Glenn Weisfeld
(Wayne-State University, Detroit) was at the time editor of the Human
Is there still much resistance against evolutionary thinking?
"I'm afraid so."
"Well, I think there are for instance religious bases for some of
the objections. For instance I was talking to one of our colleagues from Hungary,
Vilmes Csányi, and he said that with the increase in political and religious
freedom, the church has become more prominent, and now the church is starting to
oppose the presentation of Darwinism in schools in Hungary."
Is there perhaps also something like a 'resistance to self-explanation'? Do people do not want to know their own motives?
"No, I don't think so. There are all sorts of books published about
'learning about yourself', 'examining yourself', but I think ....."
But they are full of lies perhaps!
"Well I think so, actually, or … I think people want to understand
themselves so that they can get what they want more effectively. But I think
there is some political resistance, not just religious. If there is some idea
that is perceived as being inconsistent with some political ideal, then people
will say well the whole biological approach is dangerous politically, and we
don't want to have anything to do with it. For instance in the U.S.A. there is a
great concern about racism and sexism with justification. If people associate
sociobiology with justifying racism or justifying sexism, then they are going
to dismiss the whole field."
But are you saying that sociobiology is justifying things like racism or