May 26, 2007

The Selfish Gene

Assume that there are "things" that are passed on from parents to child, the minimal "thing" must be the unit of inheritance.

Every organism is the product of its parents, which in turn are the products of their parents, and so on. Therefore every single member of the entire lineage of every organism reproduced. This creates a massive bias in the "unit of inheritance" towards motivating the individual carrying the "unit of inheritance" into reaching the age of reproduction and successful reproduction, which is equivalent to saying that the "unit of inheritance" is hugely biased towards survival and propagating itself.

The selfish gene is a great metaphor, it couldn't possibly be any other way.

We can not transcend our genes: everything we do is either reproduction or instrumental to it. The great Dawkins, Dennett and Pinker apparently disagree—or are they in fact being politically correct?

Posted by Martin Sewell at May 26, 2007 5:43 PM