From: "Andy Robertson"
Subject: Re: (urth) TBOTSS and colonialism Date: Fri, 31 May 2002 17:17:18 +0100 ----- Original Message ----- From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes" > Depends on what you mean by "altruistic" -- if you mean acting from emotionally altruistic motives, your reading of the premise is correct; however, it is possible to behave altruistically for reasons other than altruism (this is actually one of the major topics in current* evolutionary biology); As a matter if fact, Evolutionary Psychology is the key to understanding the whole mess. There is a case of a planarian that infests a type of water snail. It affects the snails' behaviour. It makes them climb to the top of grass stalks and perch there waving their eyes in the air. The eyes get nipped of by birds - who are the planarians' secondary host. The case of inhumi/humans, though not analagous, is not essentially different. The inhumi affect the humans' behaviour, and the humans affect the inhumi. Yet it is more complex, and mutual reciprocal altruism spreading cross-species like this and forming a new Evolutionary Stable State would be an *exquisite* demonstration of Evolutionary Psychology I wnder if Wolfe understands the disipline, or if he is just so acute that he cannot diagram a world that does not hold these deep truths? hartshorn --