By Joan Roughgarden
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Extra info for The Genial Gene: Deconstructing Darwinian Selfishness
I agree with Dawkins that individual selection is more significant to evolutionary success than group selection, and I respect his contributions concerning that point. I, too, seek evolutionary explanations that rely on individual selection and do not appeal to group selection. Instead, my challenge concerns the scientific accuracy of the philosophical world view that the phrase "selfish gene" has come to represent. For example, The Selfish Gene publicizes a view of nature emphasizing competition: "We are survival machines-robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes," Dawkins writes.
On the other hand, cooperative teamwork is not group selection either, but individual selection with evolutionary success as an individual being attained through coordinated activity in pursuit of a team goal. Now let's pass to the critique of sexual selection and to the development of its replacement. Cooperation and Teamwork ONE Sexual Selection Defined To get clear about exactly what sexual selection is, we need three levels of definition. First is what might be called sexual selection in the narrow sense—this is the specific picture of how males and females relate to each other that Darwin originally enunciated.
Cooperative teamwork is not an independent coincidence of individual interests, but the acceptance of a team goal and working together to attain that goal. Yet, effectiveness at cooperative nest-building evolves through ordinary individual selection, not group selection, because the route to evolutionary success for each individual robin is through cooperation with the other. On the other hand, cooperative teamwork is not group selection either, but individual selection with evolutionary success as an individual being attained through coordinated activity in pursuit of a team goal.
The Genial Gene: Deconstructing Darwinian Selfishness by Joan Roughgarden