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People/Characters: Richard Lewontin

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The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature by Steven Pinker
Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference by Cordelia Fine
The Meaning of the Body: Aesthetics of Human Understanding by Mark Johnson
The Neandertal Enigma by James Shreeve
The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness by Oren Harman

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Richard Lewontin: Biologist and geneticist. A genuinely significant researcher, he is nonetheless most noteworthy in the wider world for his arguments against "genetic determinism" -- that is, his belief that human behavior is controlled largely by non-genetic factors. In this he is strongly opposed to scientists such as Edward O. Wilson, Richard Dawkins, Robert Trivers, and Steven Pinker. Recent evidence seems to be trending strongly against Lewontin, but of course research continues.

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