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  •  Selfishness survives in the genome as a variable, (1+ / 0-)
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    whaddaya

    because generous individuals need someone to do for.

    My mother survived to age 98 by being done for. Or, "cared for" is probably a better phrase.

    That said, it's my considered opinion that the selfishness is not genetic, except as a sort of default when, because of some pre-natal or peri-natal insult, the cognitive functions are severed from the instinctive base and, subsequently, operate independently. I think that's why selfish people present as very smart or intelligent in the sense of being able to acquire and store lots of information, which then responds to prompts without, however, being processed. Evidence can be found, IMHO, in an inability to correctly identify "how" and "why" even as the fountain of "what" is virtually endless. It's even possible that memory capacity increases when processing lags.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sat Aug 03, 2013 at 04:07:38 AM PDT

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