The Selfish Gene

by Richard Dawkins

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The Selfish Gene

by Richard Dawkins


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  • Survival and Human Culture

    Human culture also functions like evolution. We have ideas, beliefs, and principles that may act in direct conflict with each other. Sometimes, these even go against the biological prerogatives that have been functioning for millions of years, such as celibacy. Yet, these cultural notes survive the

  • Supposed Altruism in Genes

    Altruistic acts may seem strange given the concept of selfish genes, however, we see that people don’t go pushing each other down all the time. We can see this in behaviors such as parental nurturing and sacrifice. This is because it is more beneficial for genes to program such behavior. An old indi

  • Different Behaviors Form Stable Populations

    Just like how genes are different, behaviors are as well. Their interactions produce stable populations as no one behavior is ideal over the rest. Doves escape when they are attacked, while hawks will always attack and fight as long as they are able. Retaliators are a hybrid, staying peaceful until

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