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Janus's Avatar Jump to comment 104 by Janus

You've drawn wrong conclusions from TSG. That genes 'shaped' our brains to make it more likely that they'll survive doesn't mean that they shaped our brains to be selfish. It's perfectly possible that true altruism is better for the genes' survival than selfishness. And even if that's not the case, genes aren't actively controlling our minds, they only affected the desires we start out with. Human brains (and even the brains of other animals, to a lesser degree) have the capability to alter their own desires, to do thing that are good for us and for others, but not for our genes.

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 22:57:04 UTC | #597060