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

Robin Faichney (
Thu, 24 Apr 1997 10:25:00 +0100

Dan Henry wrote:
>Do we think of gazelles as altruistic because they hang around together and
>cooperate for survival? NO. It's a survival mechanism that is used by
>individual gazelle.

This is what I don't understand about this sort of assertion:
As people interested in memetics, haven't we all read
Dawkins? And don't we know that it's *genes* that are
primarily selfish? And Dawkins himself says that does
*not* mean that *we* have to be selfish!