Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Biological vs. Cultural Coding


The debate over whether our biological coding (from the code in our genes to the code in our brains) is the basis of what we believe and how we act or whether our cultural coding (from our philosophy and politics to arts and sciences) is the basis goes on. (This is sometimes seen as a debate between scientists and philosophers.)

Our biological coding seems to have an impact on what moral perspectives and politics we adopt, and scientific research into this inquiry is ongoing as is criticism of this approach.

But it is the province of science to identify and differentiate biological from cultural coding and to determine the relative significance of each.