Re: Altruism

Dwight W. Read (dread@ANTHRO.UCLA.EDU)
Thu, 8 Aug 1996 04:36:15 -0700

Snower writes:

>Surely it is even more unlikely that there is an allele for "altruism" in
>the abstract, than even there is of an allele for being an "anthropologist"
>in the abstract.

I don't disagree with your scepticism; however, one still has to account for
how behavior X can occur. If altruism is a truly emergent property, then
the allelic argument is no longer relevant. If not, then it suggests a
biological component, hence an allele or set of alleles that provide the
biological basis for the behavior.