The Selfish Gene

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  • The Selfish Gene Chapter Summary

    For this week’s lectures, we had three different readings. Two of which were from the book called “The Selfish Gene,” by Richards Dawkins; chapters six and ten. The other was chapter nine from “The Hadza: Hunter-Gatherers of Tanzania by Frank W. Marlowe. In chapter six from “The Selfish Gene,” they initially introduce the idea that organisms with similar genes want to help other organisms with similar genes that way those genes will have a better chance of survival. Dawkins’ argument is that this theory can be proved by observing altruism and essentially nepotism. It often tends to be observed that animals are more likely to protect their own families and so one could definitely say this is true, but also their are times when there is murder…

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  • Altruism In The Langur

    This is refereed to as maximizing inclusive fitness. The advantage of this is that relations ships and costs/benefits can be mathematically modeled and the simple equation rB<C (r being a co-efficient of relatedness, B the benefit in reproductive terms to the receiver of the altruistic act and C the cost in reproductive terms to the giver) can be used to predict when kin level altruism may be expected to occur; essentially when the benefit to shared gene transmission of an altruistic act out…

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  • The Selfish Gene By Richard Dawkins Summary

    Within the depths of Richard Dawkins’s The Selfish Gene, the author discusses the existence, or at least the idea of God, as a meme, important enough to last for thousands of years and spread across three separate religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Over the course of time, religions and supernatural deities have often come hand-in-hand, a sort of universal meme. In The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins defines the meme as “a noun that conveys the ida of a unit of cultural transmission, or…

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  • Thomas Kuhn's Paradigm Theory

    towards sociobiology. “Sociobiological theory states that genes provide the information that structures social behavior (Quadagno 1979, 100). Richard Dawkins proposes the concept of a “selfish gene” in his 1976 publication “The Selfish Gene.” Dawkins’ book examines genes and the evolutionary theory beyond Darwin’s theory. Darwin’s theory explains evolution through natural selection, while Dawson expands this paradigm from the point of view of genes and human behavior (Dawkins 2006, xix).…

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  • Meme Concept Of Dawkins

    sense of civilization) can be regarded as transmitted by nongenetic means, especially through imitation. The term meme was first proposed by Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene and comes from an association between gene and mimesis. Dawkins also points to a close kinship with the French word same. Memes were presented by Dawkins as replicators, comparable in this respect to genes, but responsible for the evolution of certain animal behaviors and cultures. Dawkins's definition is a unit of…

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  • Examples Of Selfishness In Lord Of The Flies

    Perpetually Malicious Author Stephen Kendrick once stated in his book The Love Dare,“Almost every sinful action ever committed can be traced back to a selfish motive. It is a trait we hate in other people but justify in ourselves.” Almost every iniquity in the world has been caused by narcissism. Selfishness thrives in humans, feeding off of their evilness. People forget that evil exists within themselves as well, not just their peers. Evil is a very loose term, however the most clear denotation…

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  • Memes In Society

    particular presidential candidate. Memes have also been used to explain certain cultural phenomena or to explain how people feels about certain social issues. Memes are an extremely important aspect of American society and have numerous applications outside of being images which are shared online for comedic purposes. Evolutionary biologist and author Richard Dawkins first used the term “meme” in his 1976 book, The Selfish Gene, in order to describe a cultural unit which is spread from person…

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  • ENCODE Project Analysis

    Question 1. What were the main findings of the ENCODE project? Only a small percent of the 3.2 Gb human genome encodes for genes but much of the remainder was chalked up a junk. However, the ENCODE project suggests that up to 80% of the genome consist of various active regulatory, and structurally significant regions. Question 2. Define “junk DNA.” Junk DNA plays no active role in influencing an individual organism’s survival or reproduction, i.e. it does not code for or regulate…

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  • The Ethical Implications Of Designer Babies

    Although this research has much potential, the adverse effects outweigh the positive gains. It may be beneficial because it can enhance and cure, but it is also unethical and ultimately causing problems within society. Mothers and fathers would be deciding a child’s genes, including interests, appearance, and talents. Which school a child goes to and which hobbies they take part in can be choices that a parent makes, which in turn hopefully makes the child’s life better. The parents making…

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  • Examples Of Nature Vs Nurture

    The Nature Nurture debate is one of the oldest debates in the psychology world. This debate is about to agree if our talents and personalities come from our parent or environment. The coding of genes in each cell in humans determine the different traits that we have, more physical attributes dominance like ear size, eye colour, height, hair colour and other traits. However, it is still unknown whether our abstract attributes like sexual orientation, intelligence, preferences, personality are…

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