May 04, 2015
Capitol Ants

From The Origins of Morality and Honor by the evolutionary biologist Edward O. Wilson, the world’s greatest ant expert:

Nevertheless an iron rule exists in genetic social evolution. It is that selfish individuals beat altruistic individuals, while groups of altruists beat groups of selfish individuals. The victory can never be complete; the balance of selection pressures can never move to either extreme. If individual selection were to dominate, societies would dissolve. If group selection were to dominate, human groups would come to resemble ant colonies.

Or Congress.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at May 04, 2015 07:28 PM
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He wrote another good one called, "The Meaning of Human Existence". A gentleman recently passed introduced me to him some months ago, and I am indebted for it.

Posted by: Knowdoubt on May 5, 2015 1:08 PM

You can't go wrong with any of Wilson's books. A truly great scientist, thinker, and explainer.

Posted by: Jerry Doolittle on May 5, 2015 7:46 PM
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