Re: virus: Altruism, Empathy, the Superorganism, and the Priso ner'sDillema

Martz (
Sun, 20 Apr 1997 09:46:52 +0100

On Sat, 19 Apr 1997, "Corey A. Cook" <> wrote:

> Are you saying that /everything/ that is labeled altruistic is
>actually something else?

*I* am.

> Does that mean that there is no such thing as the defined version
>of altruism?

Yep (IMO).

> Does that mean that a new version of altruism or a new word,
>which means altruism but takes into account our inherently
>selfish nature will need to be coined?

Not necessarily. As long as each of us knows what the other means.

> How will we go about propogating this new definition or word?

Why bother? We'll only need it in conversations like this one and a
couple of sentences should be enough to explain your position.


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