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Dictionary » S » Selfish



1. Caring supremely or unduly for one's self; regarding one's own comfort, advantage, etc, in disregard, or at the expense, of those of others. They judge of things according to their own private appetites and selfish passions. (Cudworth) In that throng of selfish hearts untrue. (Keble)

2. (Science: ethnology) Believing or teaching that the chief motives of human action are derived from love of self. Hobbes and the selfish school of philosophers. (Fleming)

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The Selfish Gene

... There are DNA "parasites" that copy themselves and spread the copies throughout a genome over generations. I'm not sure that the Selfish Gene is anything but an attempt to TEACH the basic concepts of selection-based evolution; I would agree with you that selection on the products ...

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by Darby
Fri Nov 01, 2013 12:54 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: The Selfish Gene
Replies: 2
Views: 1057

The Selfish Gene

I am half way through reading Richard Dawkin's The Selfish Gene and I find myself slightly confused. I cannot seem to separate my emotions when reading this book. I understand a little about the gene-centric view of evolution, but I am now slightly ...

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by NathanCroftonBond
Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:07 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: The Selfish Gene
Replies: 2
Views: 1057

Is complexity inevitable?

... itself in the foot. Why should such incredible specialisms have evolved if they were not useful? The question is, useful to what? There is the selfish individual ,the selfish gene, AND the selfish environment. The environment is always striving for complexity, and specialist pollinators and ...

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by animartco
Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:50 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Is complexity inevitable?
Replies: 16
Views: 4815

Re: Stomach bloating and weight gain

... point where I would rather be Anorexic that the weight I am. And I know the severe effects Anorexia can bring & I know how bad it is and how selfish it is for me to say something like that, but it's getting to the point where I just don't care about the side effect. I have tried everything ...

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by Pumbaa2
Thu Oct 25, 2012 5:38 am
Forum: Physiology
Topic: Stomach bloating and weight gain
Replies: 451
Views: 2546368

please suggest

Oh, man. I'm so disappointed that I missed this one. Futuyma's book is excellent . It's a college textbook, though, so comparing it to Selfish Gene is like comparing apples to oranges. Selfish Gene is popular science and focuses on a specific aspect of evolution from a specific theoretical ...

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by Luxorien
Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:02 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: please suggest
Replies: 6
Views: 2912
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