[ExI] Group Selection Advances

hkhenson hkhenson at rogers.com
Fri May 1 20:21:27 UTC 2009

At 09:47 PM 4/30/2009, you wrote:
> > ...On Behalf Of Lee Corbin
> > Subject: [ExI] Group Selection Advances
> >
> > Early on, I naturally believed in group selection, and Darwin
> > did too; it seemed rather obvious and logical.
> >
> > Then along came Dawkins who spread the views of the critics
> > of Wynne-Edwards (a great group selection advocate), and
> > finally in "The Selfish Gene", "The Extended Phenotype", or
> > "The Blind Watchmater" Dawkins penetrated my thick skull.
> > Lee
>When debates over group selection in evolution take place, humans get into
>the picture.  Perhaps we have a hard time discussing humans in evolution
>because we are too close to the situation.  Furthermore humans evidently
>have all these meta-memes which mess with our instincts.

Could you be more specific?  I don't know what you might mean by this.

I have never seen a proposed group selection trait that could not be 
accounted for with standard selfish gene theory.


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