jueves, abril 17, 2008

Rethinking sociobiology

Just because I´m dowloading it, it is worth to link here to the re-foundational paper of Wilson & Wilson for evolutión in general and for Sociobiology in particular.


http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/pdf/10.1086/522809?cookieSet=1

As the paper says:

When Rabbi Hillel was asked to explain the Torah in the time that he could stand on one foot, he famously replied: “Do not do unto others that which is repugnant to you. Everything else is commentary.” Darwin’s original insight (1) and the developments reviewed in this article enable us to offer the following onefoot summary of sociobiology’s new theoretical foundation: “Selfishness beats altruism within groups. Altruistic groups beat selfish groups. Everything else is commentary.”


(1)referred Darwin commentary in The descent of man:

"Although a high standard of morality gives but a slight or no advantage to each individual man and his children over the other men of the same tribe...an advancement in the standard of morality will certainly give an immense advantage to one tribe over another."