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September 28, 2004

Genetic irony

Rereading Defenders of the Truth: The Sociobiology Debate, I stumbled upon this fact: Bob Trivers, author of Natural Selection and Social Theory, has had bouts of schizophrenia. As has been noted, William Hamilton, pioneer of 'inclusive fitness,' and so a key figure in theories about the evolution of animal societies, was likely autistic. Ironic that two individuals who had profound difficulties in interacting with their fellow man had such an enormous impact on how we model relations between animals, including humans. Also, George Price, who prodded JM Smith toward the crucial ESS, eventually killed himself after giving away all his money to the homeless.

Posted by razib at 06:13 PM