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  1. The real importance of nature regarding human behavior
  2. The importance of culture to explain human social behavior

According to M. Sahlins, vulgar sociobiology is "the explication of human social behavior as the expression of the needs and drives of the human organism". This thesis implies that social organization is exclusively determined by biology. However, among other arguments, the author argues that one can observe a missing link between "the character of society" and human one, and therefore concludes that one cannot state that there is any biological determinism. Taking this statement into account, how can one qualify the complex relationship between nature, culture and human social behavior? While being based on the whole article, this reflection will mostly focus on two paragraphs, starting from "In the symbolic event?, to "as the cultural mediation of the organism? (P12-14).

[...] The use and abuse of biology, an anthropological critique of sociobiology Nature or nurture[1]? According to M. Sahlins', vulgar sociobiology is explication of human social behavior as the expression of the needs and drives of the human organism? ; this thesis implies that social organization is exclusively determined by biology. However, among other arguments, the author argues that one can observe a missing link between character of society? and human one, and therefore concludes that one cannot state that there is any biological determinism. [...]

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