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  •  It is unnatural, we evolved to function in groups! (11+ / 0-)

    I've just joined, so I cannot post a diary until next week, but it will be on a new-ish theory in evolutionary biology called "group level selection".

    Group level selection recognizes that natural selection for an individual pushes us towards selfishness (to maximize our individual reproductive opportunities), but that because we have evolved in groups we also have altruistic instincts.

    So, a selfish individual may be more successful within his or her group, but in competition between groups, it is the group with more altruistic individuals that will succeed against those with less altruistic ones.

    I think that religious belief evolved to help manage this inherent tension in our instincts. But, the simple fact is that we cannot survive alone; it is not in our nature.

    "We have created a Star Wars civilization, with Stone Age emotions, medieval institutions, and godlike technology."-Edward O. Wilson, in "The Social Conquest of Earth"

    by sparkysgal on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 06:34:54 PM PDT

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