Marcelo Sánchez

in Embryos in Deep Time

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780520271937
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520952300 | DOI:

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This chapter argues that there is no moral intrinsic to a scientific fact or hypothesis. Not so long ago, our understanding of evolution, including that of humans, was dominated by the idea of the selfish gene. More recently, biological anthropologists have demonstrated that we humans are cooperative great apes and that this is biologically ingrained. This new knowledge of biology does not change the moral imperative we freely choose to guide us. Biology teaches no existential lessons, but can lead to reflection. We humans represent only one branch of the huge tree of life—but one with the capacity to modify the environment with a speed that, until now, only major geologic events were capable of achieving.

Keywords: evolution; biology; moral imperative; humans

Chapter.  510 words. 

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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