Re: "The Selfish Gene"

From: Katherine Lyne (
Date: Mon Jan 12 1998 - 10:37:31 GMT

In consideration to the selfish gene theory - how would sociobiology
explain suicide??

I can understand that if it is more beneficial to your offspring to be
dead for resources sake, then suicide would make sense.

But what about childless suicide?? And mass suicide like Jim Jones in
the 70's or David Koresh? Isn't this an example of cognitive
mechanisms working against the selfish gene???

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