Evolution: Selfish Genes or Universal Cooperation?

A worker Harpegnathos saltator (a jumping ant) engaged in battle with a rival colony's queen. From WIKIPEDIA. Uploaded by Waldir, June 3, 2006.
A worker Harpegnathos saltator (a jumping ant) engaged in battle with a rival colony’s queen. From WIKIPEDIA. Uploaded by Waldir, June 3, 2006.

Life has been evolving on Earth for billions years. Explaining evolution drives scientists towards entities that are far from our everyday experience. We will ask: are organisms vehicles for their genes competing “egoistically” and incessantly with each other to be replicated in future generations? Is there an “Earth system” that maintains equlibrium through the birth, metabolism, and death of all living beings? We will compare influent pictuers by great thinkers – Richard Dawkins, James Lovelock, Lynn Margulis. By discussing them, we will look into contemporary research in evolutionary biology.


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2015, Feb 10 (h.20:00) – Circolo UAAR di Varese, Globe Cafè, Varese, IT: Evoluzione: geni egoisti o cooperazione universale?. Scientific Cafè.