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I think you do Dawkins a disservice. He's a subtler thinker than you portray and the wider stream of evolutionary theory is [i]very[/i] interested in how altruism vs selfishness plays out. No credible evolutionary theorist (Dawkins included) would assert that 'naive selfishness' is a viable strategy in all circumstances.

They would say that you can't get to the long term if you cut your throat in the short term, but they would allow that there is spectrum of altruism-to-selfish responses and that stable mixtures of different behaviours in a population are entirely viable.


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by silburnl on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 05:38:29 AM EST

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