Evolution of Altruism: Selfish Gene Video

Here’s a pre-viewing exercise for Grade 12. Watch this before we go on to the final topic: Further Studies of Behaviour.

What is altruism and how does it benefit the gene?

How does altruism originate and propagate in populations?

What is the difference between kin selection and reciprocal altruism?

We need to know examples in other animals. In Dawkins’ video, he explores a more TOK-related link to knowledge and ethics. Are we truly unselfish or is our kindness a veneer to promote our own reproductive fitness?

In what ways has Dawkins’ term ‘Selfish Gene‘ been misunderstood in general discussion?

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About Stephen

Director of Learning & MYP Coordinator at Canadian Academy, Kobe, Japan. Formerly MYP HS Science & IBDP Bio teacher and missing it terribly. Twitterist (@sjtylr), dad and bloggerer.

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