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The quality or state of being selfish; exclusive regard to one's own interest or happiness; that supreme self-love or self-preference which leads a person to direct his purposes to the advancement of his own interest, power, or happiness, without regarding those of others. Selfishness,- a vice utterly at variance with the happiness of him who harbors it, and, as such, condemned by self-love. (Sir J. Mackintosh)

Synonym: See self-love.

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... it's always possible for a trait that benefits individuals to ultimately harm the group or even the whole species (see group selection ). Selfishness and uninhibited reproduction both seem like traits that would benefit the individual, but a group full of such people would be a maladapted ...

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by wildfunguy
Sat Aug 10, 2013 6:02 pm
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: Do chromosomses ever get competitive?
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Environment Changes and Effects

... small trees for exchange to those trees we cut.And the life living there is don't know where to hide they lost their habitat because of people selfishness. The time pass by we didn't notice the changes in environment.We embrace the technology,new inventions,the gadgets that help us to lessen ...

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by mike00217
Mon Oct 19, 2009 1:36 am
Forum: Ecology
Topic: Global Environmental Change
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Views: 111316

Re: Big bang and Evoluion

... may also be a living entity. (Thus, "lives" is the only principle of our universe. "Lives" are lives in different levels.) - Selfishness in our Genetics. Selfishness of the planets (both microorganisms and plants - living tissues - & reproduction - offspring/animals with ...

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by kk23wong
Fri Oct 02, 2009 5:48 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Big bang and Evoluion
Replies: 75
Views: 73025

Re: Bible vs Darwin

... similar things/subjects who may not even be Catholic. I nod my head. Some may look at this as chains where it is to break the chains of flesh (selfishness, etc.) that is the focus. why? not only to become closer to God, but to better ourselves in everyday life. the worlds a simplier place with ...

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by gfrabizi
Wed Dec 03, 2008 7:01 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Bible vs Darwin
Replies: 293
Views: 323465


... because most of the organisms you see are living off what becteria are not using :-) But also because sometimes cooperation is more efficient than selfishness.

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by canalon
Thu Aug 14, 2008 5:55 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Cancer
Replies: 4
Views: 2620
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