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The selfish gene. Or should we pause a moment and think about it... -

 
 
Reply Sun 22 Dec, 2013 05:57 pm
Dawkins' "selfish gene"... what's wrong with the concept?

Dawkins informs us that community developed out of selfishness. But a gene must be part of a community before selfishness can develop. Oops.

Selfishness is expressed through a community. We cannot be selfish to food, the dead, to individuals we don't know about, and to physical objects and obstacles.
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Sun 22 Dec, 2013 07:22 pm
@JohnJonesCardiff,
Did you read the book, or just the title?
farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 22 Dec, 2013 07:23 pm
@rosborne979,
Smile
rosborne979
 
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Reply Sun 22 Dec, 2013 07:43 pm
@farmerman,
farmerman wrote:

Smile

Perhaps I'm being a bit cynical... maybe he read the back cover as well Smile

(In the foreword to the book's 30th-anniversary edition, Dawkins said he "can readily see that [the book's title] might give an inadequate impression of its contents" and in retrospect thinks he should have taken Tom Maschler's advice and called the book The Immortal Gene)
farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 22 Dec, 2013 08:15 pm
@rosborne979,
no, I like the metaphorical phrase.**** em if they cant understand the nuances of language
chai2
 
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Reply Sun 22 Dec, 2013 08:24 pm
@farmerman,
Well, you know what I always say farmer....

**** you, you ******* ****.
farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 22 Dec, 2013 08:30 pm
@chai2,
well you've just turned an innocuous thread on a book written by a british scientist into an NSFW thread.
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