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A New Thought on Evolution
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Gary
2020-07-21 22:17:01 UTC
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'Friendliest,' not fittest, is key to evolutionary survival,
scientists argue in their new book

British naturalist Charles Darwin got it right, but maybe we got
Darwin wrong.

Most people assume that Darwin was talking about physical strength
when referring to "survival of the fittest," meaning that a tougher,
more resilient species always will win out over its weaker
counterparts. But what if he didn't mean that at all?

https://www.thehour.com/news/article/Friendliest-not-fittest-is-key-to-15419832.php
El Castor
2020-07-23 07:23:43 UTC
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Post by Gary
'Friendliest,' not fittest, is key to evolutionary survival,
scientists argue in their new book
British naturalist Charles Darwin got it right, but maybe we got
Darwin wrong.
Most people assume that Darwin was talking about physical strength
when referring to "survival of the fittest," meaning that a tougher,
more resilient species always will win out over its weaker
counterparts. But what if he didn't mean that at all?
https://www.thehour.com/news/article/Friendliest-not-fittest-is-key-to-15419832.php
I'm no Darwin expert, but I always interpreted survival of the fittest
to mean those most likely pass on their genes. In a disease ridden
environment it might mean being immune. In a dangerous environment it
could be someone who was strong and athletic, maybe just well liked by
men and women, or simply sufficiently good at farming, banking, or
cooking to constitute a good mate in the eyes of the opposite sex.
me
2020-07-23 13:02:02 UTC
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Yes, all those apply. But I’ve been wondering if Agape is the key survival selector. Consider the degree of self-sacrifice required for parents to successfully bring an infant to maturity. Is empathy, cooperation, friendliness not just examples of Agape? Socialism is the political extension of Agape as the Self is expected to yield to benefit the group. This would also explain the reemergence of socialism.
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