The selfish metaphor

M. S.; M. B.
January 2011
New Scientist;1/29/2011, Vol. 209 Issue 2797, p03
In this article the author discusses how metaphoric thinking has distorted perceptions on evolution. Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins mentions in the 30th anniversary of his book "The Selfish Gene" that genes are actually cooperative instead of egoistic. It comments on the philosophy of individualism that rose out of the English civil war in the 17th century, and mentions naturalist Charles Darwin hated the concept and rejected direct applications of natural selection to social policies.


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