The challenges and uncertainty of the 21st century make the existential question of human survival raised in this timely and provocative post more relevant than ever.
“Human nature is hung in the balance, our behaviour driven by selfishness and our desire to co-operate to ensure the survival of the group”
These are the words of E O Wilson during an interview on BBC Radio 4 The Life Scientific. Professor at Harvard and joint author of a paper setting out the case for group selection he now challenges the ‘selfish gene’ theory he once endorsed. Among his contemporaries he is something of a lone voice. Since Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution we have believed in survival of the fittest and increasingly this now means of the wealthiest. But do we hide behind this as an excuse for our self interest?
The interview reminded me of a recent conversation with a friend regarding the widening pay gap and we imagined a society where each job was valued -and remunerated – at the same level. We concluded…
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