kin selection

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kin selection

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A biological theory stating that a gene that causes an organism to exhibit behavior detrimental to its survival will increase in frequency in a population if that behavior benefits the organism's relatives, which will pass the gene on to subsequent generations.

kin selection

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(Biology) biology natural selection resulting from altruistic behaviour by animals towards members of the same species, esp their offspring or other relatives
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Accordingly, his dialogue partners (among very many others) include, for example, atonement theories of Christ's death developed in Gustav Aulen's Christus Victor with Carl Rogers's client-centered psychotherapy; descriptions of Christian love from Anders Nygren's Agape and Eros and Aquinas's understanding of caritas with insights into kin altruism and inclusive fitness deriving from evolutionary psychology and social neuroscience; and encounters among marriage and family therapy, family law, and various religious traditions.
The details here are important, since many working in evolutionary ethics presuppose a strong kin selection component in our disposition for altruistic behaviour--this despite the fact that, 'long before our last common ancestor with the chimps (about 5 million years ago), all the primates had ceased to live in groups in which kin altruism would be selected for' (188).