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selfish gene theory?

Postby damien » Thu Jun 30, 2005 12:28 pm

Does this sound correct--
"we are survival machines-robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes" —dawkins

“Selfish gene theory” is the theory that humans are driven by their Genes. According to “selfish gene theory” a young man who buys a shiny red car— buys the car to attract women—so that he can propagate his genes. His selfish genes have programmed him, through centuries of evolution, to make decisions based on whether or not the action will further propagate the genes. In this way genes are viewed as driving human behaviour and thought processes.

I'm not a biology major or even close to it- I'm a graphic designer
so can some of you who are educated on the subject give me some advice.

I am giving a short-- can only be 20 minutes -- presentation on memetics.

To explain memetics I want to explain "selfish gene theory" then "selfish meme theory" to an audience who may not know anything about biology.

So, it has to be short and basic. I'm having trouble with this part-
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Postby mith » Thu Jun 30, 2005 4:05 pm

We have some great examples here, but it's not all pro "selfish gene"

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
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Postby damien » Mon Jul 04, 2005 11:45 am

Thanks-- so I need to take out that shiny red car example- its wrong-
need to put in something about whether or not humans truly are altruistic.-

Basically I need to reread the "Selfish Gene theory"

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Postby charles brough » Mon Aug 15, 2005 6:23 pm

It is the current fad to explain human social phenomena as being caused by "genes." Genes determine the shape of your feet, also. They can determine if you have an IQ of 150 or 50, also. "Genes" really does not explain much. No wonder there is so much confusion.

Between the "genes" and our social conduct is what we call "instincts." We have instincts which are heriditary and the product of evolution.

It is unpopular in the social, behavioral sciences to refer to human instincts, however, because people like to think that we have "free will" while "the lowly (other) animals" are compulsively motived (instinct.) However, nearly all mammals have to learn how to express their instincts by means of conditioning. Much is learned by the parents and peers. with us, also, they shape how we express our instincts.

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