Michael Stuart Kelly Posted March 20, 2007 Share Posted March 20, 2007 I will have more to say about the game theory after more reading.For now, out of the material I have skimmed, this article, Biological Altruism from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, seems to be quite good for a clear explanation of the concepts.Just from skimming, I will say that several issues for inquiry came to mind, the foremost being that the species survival requirements (the whole basis of biological altruism) for an insect are different than the species survival requirements for a conscious conceptual primate.Also, the innate behavior of biological altruism is different from altruism as an ethical standard for chosen behavior.Another thing, biological altruism is not defined in the same manner as ethical altruism is, i.e., in terms of comparing values and sacrificing the greater value for the lesser one. Biological altruism is defined merely as an individual helping another member of the species (or the group) with cost involved. Sometimes there is selfish benefit and sometimes there is not, but there is always cost (wherein the values involved apparently are not measured ordinally). Even after skimming this article, I think it is way too premature to say Rand was flat-out wrong. But I am too tired to continue right now. More later.Michael Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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