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Dawkins Selfish Gene Theory Essay

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From what we have covered in class and in the readings, it would appear that Hobbes’ faith was correct and that the inner workings of politics can be discovered and understood scientifically. I will make my argument by analyzing Hobbesian theory, Dawkins’ Selfish Gene theory, related class discussion, and modern technological breakthroughs discussed in the readings and beyond, all of which strongly hint at a fundamental scientific foundation for politics and government. Such a foundation would not only allow us to make progress in politics through science, but allow vast strides in field though modeling, simulation, and prediction of real life outcomes in government and politics.

Early in the class, we covered the Hobbesian view of a sovereign, particularly, Hobbes’ idea of yielding power to form a greater umbrella of protection in what he called “The Social Contract Theory”. This theory is a key proponent in the argument for a scientific model for us to describe politics.

The concept of a sovereign was very much relevant in Hobbes’ time and show to be just as valid in today’s society as a general framework for how people equilibrate towards peace. Intuitively, one can accept this idea of safety and progress when individuals cooperate. We see thousands of examples of social animal species in nature, …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Argues that hobbes' faith was correct and that the inner workings of politics can be discovered and understood scientifically.
  • Explains that hobbes' idea of yielding power to form a greater umbrella of protection in "the social contract theory" is key proponent in the argument for science to describe politics.
  • Explains that the concept of a sovereign was relevant in hobbes' time and shows to be just as valid in today's society.
  • Argues that humans in nature are especially prone to stabilizing towards a sovereign. every human society discovered to date has some sort of religious belief, i.e. all-power, supernatural sovereign
  • Explains that humans are unique from other animals in their immense power to reason and calculate. this ability can amplify the innate tendency to want to form social groups in which there is a sovereign and thus the creation of religion in humans.
  • Analyzes how hobbes explains that having a sovereign is not sufficient to free people from the state of nature. this well-defined and predictable "layering" of human behavior in response to different magnitudes of sovereign formation hints at scientific and mathematical tractability.
  • Explains that political science is able to be understood and modeled through scientific methodology.

The most blatant example of this can be seen in how every human society discovered to date has had some sort of religious belief, i.e. all-power, supernatural sovereign. This is a fact that has been well discussed and verified through artistic artifacts left behind by ancient civilizations. There seems to be a nested hierarchy of sovereign rule in human society, with religion at the root. This strongly implies a fundamental science behind the Hobbesian Theory regarding the formation of

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