THE SELFISH GENE THEORY. (Chapter 4) Answer both parts of this prompt in the proper order.
Explain the theory of the Selfish Gene. What is Richard Dawkins’ point, and how does Mary Midgley respond?
Who is more correct, in your view?
Explore Frans de Waal’s idea that animals can have morals. In your opinion, is he right? Why or why not? (Ch.13 Primary Reading excerpt by Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce p.719-723 is allowed as one of your 2 mandatory outside sources.).
Here is a link to the 11-minute Youtube Lecture Clip #5 from my 2016 lecture on the “Selfish Gene Theory.” You may use this clip as your second “outside source.” Just be sure to reference it.
Use only these resources:
Textbook “Moral of the Story” & 2 other sources below
- “Selfish Gene Theory.” (youtube)