Sociobiologist Gets Public Apology

LONDON -The publisher of a prestigious academic dictionary has apologized in print to an Oxford b ologist for misrepresenting his views on sociobiology and has revised the entry in a new version of the dictionary just released. The biologist, Paul Harvey, was angered when he received a sample copy of The Dictionary of Personality and Social Psychology in the fall of 1986. The dictionary, published by Basil Blackwell Ltd. in Britain and the MIT Press in the United States, was one of three deriv

Jon Turney
Feb 7, 1988
LONDON -The publisher of a prestigious academic dictionary has apologized in print to an Oxford b ologist for misrepresenting his views on sociobiology and has revised the entry in a new version of the dictionary just released.

The biologist, Paul Harvey, was angered when he received a sample copy of The Dictionary of Personality and Social Psychology in the fall of 1986. The dictionary, published by Basil Blackwell Ltd. in Britain and the MIT Press in the United States, was one of three derived from an earlier sucessful Encyclopedia of Psychology to which Harvey contributed.

In the new volume, he found his essay on animal sociobiology had been joined with a second article, written by another Briton, Peter Smith of Sheffield University. His essay also had lost its final paragraph, in which he was highly skeptical of extensions of sociobiological theory to humans. The new piece spoke of the coming...

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