Date: Mon 28 Oct 2002 - 19:35:26 GMT
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> > Yep; 'selfishness' is a badly chosen and anthropomorphic metaphor,
> > not a concrete actuality.
> A perfect example of how memes can do our thinking for us. This is
> Cartesian dualism, which restricts qualities such as intelligence,
> feeling, selfishness, etc., to human beings and relegates the rest of
> nature (including our own bodies) to blind, mechanical operations. To
> find intelligence or selfishness in, say, bacteria or genes is
> therefore to be anthropomorphic. Descartes picked up this meme from
> Aquinas. God knows where he got it.
Selfishness cannot exist in the absence of self-consciousness, for one must be conscious of one's self in order to be self-ish. Bacteria, viruses and genes do not possess the prerequisite complexity to allow the emergence of a self-conscious awareness necessary for selfishness. Instead, some of us fallaciously anthropomorphize the replicating products of blind evolutionary processes.
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