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Darwinian Altruism 2

(Text as at 20/08/2007 15:50:24)

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Outside of protecting my [family] genes, what possible [selection] benefit is there to helping another human being?

This – the insistence on no genetic relationship between the altruist and the person helped – is more difficult to explain on evolutionary terms. But I have two comments.

  1. Firstly, can’t this be explained along the lines of the previous note1; that is, along the lines of kin selection? If altruism makes my society as a whole run better, it’ll make things better for my kin, so the altruistic gene may become established.
  2. Secondly, as before, is the fact that this didn’t arise by natural selection a problem? Maybe it’s a principle of rationality, a tool of the mind that does have evolutionary origins.



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