structure and physiology and that we cannot eliminate the humanistic concept of rational human beings endowed with rights and responsibilities ( Restak, 1992).
Neurobiological theoretician Gerald Edelman ( 1987:329) insists that his concepts of neural functioning have no place for "genetic determinism. . . . Instead, genetic and developmental factors interact to yield a system of remarkable complexity capable of a remarkable degree of freedom." Thus, sociologists need no more fear a neurodeterminism that neglects input from other areas of behavioral science than they need fear a monocausal genetic determinism. The combination of genes, environments, and the higher-order concept of neuronal selection that flows from them inclines me to have a more humanistic and liberating vision of the human condition than I could ever have if limited to the traditional social science image of human nature as simply a product of culture.