Altruism & Selfishness

Using the definition of selfishness and altruism that biologists use, a loving and self-sacrificing mother is acting selfishly, while a drug addicted mother who starves her children to give all her money to her dealer is an altruist (i.e., she is lowering her own fitness in a way that increases a nonrelative’s).

John Tooby, Genic Selection and Adaptationism: Are We Moving Forward or Back?, Edge.org

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