William Seitz Posted 4 months ago Are there any human behaviours that can't be logically derived from selfish gene promotion? 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.