Many animals other than humans form social groups, so sociobiologists aim to explain behaviour and culture by looking at evolutionary processes. This can range from understanding how bees communicate, to looking at how the dominant male in a pride of lions is determined. Sociobiology has had success in explaining the seemingly evolutionarily detrimental trait of altruism - putting another’s survival above one’s own. Because a lot of animal behaviour is instinctive, and genetically determined rather than learnt, there is controversy surrounding the application of similar techniques to human social interactions. However some traits, such as personality, have been found to have a genetic component, so it is possible that sociobiology has more to say about human interactions than some people think.
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