Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Dawkins, Richard
 
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Terminology Dawkins I 27
Def Altruistic/Dawkins: an organism behaves altruistically when it increases the welfare of another at its expense.
I 28
Def Well-Being/Dawkins: is defined as survival chances even if the effect on the actual outlook is so small that it can seem negligible.
Egoism/Altruism/Dawkins: oriented on actual behavior, not on intentions. No psychology of motives!
I 32
Altruism/Dawkins: is often falsely attributed: when living creatures actually behave in a way that benefits the "well-being of the species" or "well-being of the group".
I 126
Def ESS/Dawkins: an evolutionarilly stable strategy is one that - if the majority of a population adopts - cannot be overruled by any alternative strategy.
((S) Not defined.)
I 447
Narrower Def ESS: a strategy that performs well against copies of itself. It will often encounter copies of itself, since a successful strategy is predominant in a population.
I 227
Fitness/Dawkins: the expression should not be used, because it falsely emanates from the individual!
Instead, the selfish gene is the only entity that matters! Genes in children are selected because of their ability to override parents, genes in the parents' body vice versa.
I 377
Def Extended Phenotype/Dawkins: phenotypic effects of a gene are all the effects of a gene on the body in which it sits.
But it also affects "the world"!
E.g. beavers' dams, birds' nests, shell of the quiver flies (movable cement houses).
In difference to the eye as a "miracle of nature", we do not have to attribute these achievements to processes that occur within the mothers' interior. They are achievements of the creating individual. (Usually called "instinct").
I 386
Def haplodiploid: unfertilized eggs develop into males. I.e., e.g., male bark beetles have no father (as is the case with bees and ants).
But in the case of the bark beetles something must penetrate the eggs. This task is performed by bacteria. (Parasites).

Da I
R. Dawkins
Das egoistische Gen, Hamburg 1996

Da II
M. St. Dawkins
Die Entdeckung des tierischen Bewusstseins Hamburg 1993


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-04-23