Altruism and Selfish Genes: Is anyone really ‘good’?
HL Biologists should be able to tackle this topic during Option E: Neurobiology and Behaviour.
- How can we know if the altruistic actions of an individual are truly only in the interest of the recipient?
Discuss the following:
- 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?