Sociobiology and
Social Intelligence

Recent findings by primate and human ethologists suggest that human intelligence and social behavior can be understood in a biological framework.

In contrast to traditional social theories, such a biological analysis indicates that in the course of hominid evolution biobehavioral requirements have given rise to human intelligence in interaction with human social behavior.

Assuming humans to be "nature's psychologists", one may speculate that empathy and self consciousness reinforced the complexity and sophistication of social interaction in human societies, thus leading to selection pressures unknown in other species. This is basically the reason why "the environment of (wo)man is (wo)man".

A number of disciplines and methods of research are needed to elucidate the emergence of sociability in phylogeny and ontogeny. These include evolutionary, developmental and social psychology, sociology, ethology, human biology, anthropology, communication studies, mother-child relation, narrative studies, dramatology, psychiatry, systemic therapy, political philosophy and epistemology.

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Dr. Anton Fürlinger
Beckgasse 16
1130 Vienna, Austria
Prof. Anton Amann
Institut für Soziologie
Alserstraße 33
1080 Vienna, Austria

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