Humans are biological creatures. Being biological creatures, humans are significantly determined in their characteristics and actions by their inborn nature, which they inherit from their progenitors. Yet, this knowledge is seldom included in popular or even undergraduate level studies of human society. Mainstream academic scholarship of the »soft« or social sciences – including, but not limited to, sociology, political science, social psychology, cultural anthropology, and economics – tends to either ignore these genetic findings, downplay their role, or straightforwardly reject their unwelcome intrusion into the social sphere as being »pseudo-science«.
This course aims to counter these various forms of science denial by providing a comprehensive overview on how human biology affects different aspects of society and culture. The importance and contemporary decline of average IQ, sex differences and the role of modern feminism in trying to abolish them, the study of group genetic differences and their cultural effects, and the unique quality of »genius« are just four among eight overarching topics that will be discussed in this course.