Book Review: The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins | Stephen Diagram

The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins is a story about selflessness and altruism; it is a story about death and survival. Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” tells a dog-eat-dog tale about the survival of the fittest — natural selection. The Selfish Gene both compliments and combats the work of Darwin.

“The death of a single sterile worker bee is no home serious to its genes than is the shedding of a leaf in autumn to the genes of a trees.”

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We are vehicles for our genes to survive into the future; they have no problem disposing of us. What does this mean? Suppose there is a choice. A mom can choose to offer herself as tribute in order to save the lives of her two sons. Will she selfishly save herself or let her offspring live? The mother may be hold or past her prime period for reproduction. For her genes to live a longer life, it is clear that her two sons have a better potential to create more kids than her.

Suppose you and a friend have the same amount of food. It’s enough for tonight, but if you don’t find food for tomorrow then you will starve. You stumble across an unlocked house with an opportunity to raid it for food. Your friend being the nice guy that he is, decides to be honest, and genuine; he refuses to steal the food. You, knowing that you may die tomorrow, take the risk, acquire the food and fill your belly tomorrow. Your friend, though a nice guy, starves to death. The selfish gene is the ability to do what it takes survive.

Suppose you and a friend each have a wife. Both of you have two kids. You’re presented with an opportunity to cheat, and sleep with another woman. You impregnate her and she gives birth. Now you have a third son while your friend only has two. A lion comes to two kids from each family, yours and your friends. He is left without any kids, and no ability to pass on his genes. You have one son left because you cheated on your wife, and helped the human population progress.

Now imagine a worker bee, or an enlisted soldier. If a foreign force attacks the hive or, in our case, our nation; the bee and the soldier will fight to the death to defend their kin. It’s the same instinct we have to fight for our family when they are being threatened. The genes are selfish, but we are altruistic. We are selfless. We perform acts of kindness in hopes that others will return the favor.

Be conscientious. Everyone is equipped with the same instinctual means for survival.

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Elon Musk – SpaceX: Colonizing Mars with Largest Rocket Ever Imagined in 2022

Elon Musk, the mind behind SpaceX, recently unveiled details for SpaceX to colonize Mars using his new BFR – Big F…alcon Rocket – in 2022.

This Big F..ing Rocket is unimaginable larger than anything ever launched.

The largest rocket ever launched was Saturn V, but BFR puts it to shame. Refer to the image for size comparison. From left to right: Saturn V, BFR and SpaceX’s Falcon 9.

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Though Elon Musk goes into great detail about the 30+ engines, and the enormous fuel tanks in this full video below, the important part here is creating a world where you are excited to wake up and explore the unknown

Elon Musk is first and foremost a businessman, no doubt. He needs to SpaceX to make money so he can reinvest it into his company for future endeavors, but he also strongly advocates for pushing the boundaries.

Explore the frontier, put yourself in an environment where you can learn and grow.

As Neil DeGrasse Tyson once said, We Stopped Dreaming.

Complacency.

Elon Musk: What I’ve Learned from the Innovative Giant

Founder of Paypal, Space-X and Tesla, Elon Musk is nothing short of a genius and hard worker. With a life devoted to his career, the inventor has had much to say on the topics of philosophy and business principles.

After listening to a short segment on his views for Thomas Edison vs Nikola Tesla, I’ve come to finally see the light of Edison. Originally, I was a huge fan of Tesla, often viewing Edison’s business tactics as very shady. I’ve accepted that there is something respectable about getting your product to market; something Tesla struggled with.

Musk once said something along the lines of “Always have optimism, but be realistic.” Not every one of your great ideas will come to fruition, and even if they do, they may still remain unsuccessful.

Diversify. You’ve heard to never put all your eggs in one basket. Sure, maybe Musk is CEO of 5 massive companies. Is he a workaholic? Most certainly. Is he always looking for another interest to pursue? Definitely; but maybe he too knows not to put all his time and resources into one single entity.

Musk has shown that it’s more than fine to dream. You must dream to inspire yourself, but set attainable goals in the meantime. He may have started Space-X with the intention of making humans an interplanetary species, but that wasn’t the businesses first project. You must generate revenue to keep your company pushing to the next big idea.

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A lover of knowledge we must become.

 

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