RE: Thesis: Memes are DNA-Slaves

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    > What scale would explain coming to the aid of a whale or other wild animal
    > in distress? I watched a program recently where a whale was in distress and
    > a bunch of people got together to help it and it was then sent to a water
    > park for rehabilitation. *Why* (in the evolutionary sense of the word) would
    > someone consider the plight of sea turtles a serious concern? Would
    > inclusive fitness or reciprocal altruism fit the bill here?

    i dont know on dna-level, maybe these
    people share some genes with the distressed whale. they could also
    get money from tourists in the water park. on the meme level i mean
    you saw them on tv, if they wouldnt have saved the whale you wouldnt
    have seen them. it's just some kind of humor. but it makes you think
    so there's some meme business happening no matter how stupid it

    i dont know like many people feel sad when they see a dead bird on
    the street but have no problem killing spiders or other insects.
    maybe there is some dependence or just cultural learned belief.

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