Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Alleles for Altruism, Blah, Blah, Blah

Something to remember.

In many cases, pursuit of EGI correlates with proximate measures that increase fitness, so no altruism is involved. After all, why is pro-immigration and pro-refugee activism termed as (pathological) altruism?  Keeping out immigrants can enhance wages - selfish!  Keeping out immigrants allows for more space and better schools and neighborhoods - better for family formation - selfish!  Ethnocentrism is selfish, not altruistic.  Will free-riders take advantage?  Sure. But what about immigrant free-riders taking advantage of the open-borders altruism of the native population?  That's s double blow - less overall genetic representation AND decreasing "alleles for altruism" by allowing selfish free-riding immigrants to prosper at the cost of altruistic "let them all in" natives.