5 April 2008 - new insight

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The downside of an astonishing new insight is that you forget what you used to know merely because it is incompatible.


Early genetics researchers had no trouble explaining altruism—it was due to group selection. Modern researchers have to work hard to explain altruism, because the powerful mathematical theory of selection operates only on the level of individuals, where altruism can be justified only in narrow circumstances. The powerful theory is still an oversimplification.

give me a clue so sweet and true

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