Friday, December 23, 2005
Biological determinism is the idea that biology or genetics are the sole or primary basis for social phenomena. An example is social Darwinism, the idea that people with good genes will succeed in this world, while people with bad genes will struggle or are less likely to succeed. The idea that intelligence, mental illness or wealth are connected to ones genes, race, or organic biological make up all stem from the misconception that ones phenotypes (traits such as eye color, height or intelligence) are caused solely by ones genes. In reality, phenotypes are caused by the interaction of three influences: genes or DNA, environmental influences (diet, exposure to chemicals, social relationships, education), and random events that occur during development.