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“What Looks Like Cooperation is Really Selfishness”

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    If it looks like cooperation, it probably is.

    [See the full post at: “What Looks Like Cooperation is Really Selfishness”]


    You seem to be misunderstanding the selfish gene idea. You keep referring to a “gene FOR selfishness”, and yet the selfish gene idea is fundamentally not about phenotypic selfishness in individuals. Rather, it is an statement for the gene-centric view of evolution. That is to say, emphasis on ‘selfish GENE’, to distinguish from ‘selfish INDIVIDUAL’ or ‘selfish SPECIES’ as the ultimate driver of evolution. Not ‘SELFISH gene’ as if it meant a gene causing selfishness. Individual animals may be selfish or altruistic, even if it is sub-optimal for the individual or the group, and it might seem inexplicably random until you recognize that whichever creates more copies of the gene is what will dominate the gene space. Genes are the replicators, bodies are merely their vehicles.

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