Dangers of biological determinism

October 11, 2008

An excellent post from Neuroanthropology showing the way in which stereotypes with poor researchand even poorer reporting can get things badly wrong. The issue in question is the suggestion that violent behaviour in adolescents can be attributed to hormones. His final sentence summarises why this is an important article: Rather than helping us explore ways to work with these children, their families, their schools and their communities, this approach encourages us to stomp down, through harsh laws or harsh drugs, that which we don’t understand. In the end, it is much easier to blame their biology than to question ourselves

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