RE: virus: Altruism, Empathy, the Superorganism, and the Priso

tom.holz (
Tue, 22 Apr 1997 01:38:50 -0400

>>If intent of the act is part of
>>altruism, then must the lowest possible intent always be ascribed to a
>>given act? Or is this one of the background meta-memes at work, "All men
>>are sinful and therefore suspect in motive on all occasions?"
>Wait just a minute. Could be some insight here. Why do you assume that
>self-interest is the "lowest possible intent," compared to true
>self-sacrifice? I feel that self-interest is the highest possible intent.
>It's a compliment (as much as one can be complimented for something one
>can't help doing).

lowest morally (sin) or lowest on the causal ladder (e.g. I stretched my
leg muscles because I wanted to climb into bed because I want to go to
sleep because I have a final tommorrow because I want good grades because I
want a job because I want money because I want to be able to survive in the
modern world we live in because I don't want do die. That's why my leg
muscles contracted.)

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