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nick keighley's Avatar Jump to comment 17 by nick keighley

Comment 1 by VrijVlinder :

Yes I have also found that aspect difficult to accept. Why kill progeny at all ? The most simple reason can be that the genetics of the new male are superior to the one displaced.

The most simple reason is a gene for killing other males' children is that you get to have more children. So the child-killijng-gen tends to increase in the poulation. There are no "superior genes" except in the judgement of natural selection.

Even "higher naimals" don't acuallyread books on ethics or species survival.

Have you read "The Selfish Gene"?

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 15:32:55 UTC | #948461