kin selection

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kin selection

n.
A biological theory stating that a gene that causes an organism to exhibit behavior detrimental to its survival will increase in frequency in a population if that behavior benefits the organism's relatives, which will pass the gene on to subsequent generations.

kin selection

a form of selection favouring altruistic (self-sacrificing) behaviour towards relatives. Such a process ensures that even if the chances of an individual's survival are reduced, some of his or here genes will survive in the relative.
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Notions of kin altruism (protecting and propagating the family gene pool) and reciprocal altruism (helping an associate in the expectation of an eventual return) are enlightening and no doubt express part of the truth.
Convincing us to give up this myth is certainly going to take more in the way of argument than an appeal to the fact the Jesus seems to have had a low regard for the notion of kin altruism.