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.
Convincing us to give up this myth is certainly going to take more in the way of argument than an appeal to the fact the Jesus seems to have had a low regard for the notion of kin altruism.
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).