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  • MR T
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Are there any human behaviours that can't be logically derived from selfish gene promotion?

We do it with animals in biology all the time, we study animals and realise that the more closely related they are, the more likely they are to help each other. So why, if humans arose under the same conditions (evolution) should we treat ourselves any differently in study?. Arrogance?

Take sharing between friends, one friend shares with another in a time of excess, so that in a time of inexcess the other might reciprocate. This way both fair better than they would alone. Could this be a 'selfish' act?.


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  • Oct 31 2013: Our ability to empathize with each other is an evolved ability. It seems our ability to our logical abstractions is also an evolved ability. So I pose a new question, if our ability to empathize and mentally abstract evolved does that mean that every behavior that derives from our empathy and intelligence if necessarily a survival advantage or is 'selfish'. The answer is no, but it is useful to realize that our behaviors do have biological aka evolutionary roots despite the fact that the behavior may not have directly evolved.

    For a concrete example, a young man might empathize with his fellows and this empathy is biological. But he then decides to go to war and ends up sacrificing his life. That specific behavior isn't evolved, but it grows from underlying biological characteristics that are then shaped by culture.

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