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    Default Q: Do genes have a purpose?

    Whenever I'm reading a thread regarding human nature, there's always one person that says the purpose of humans is to pro-create. This clearly comes from the idea that one function of our genes is to expand but does it's function/activity mean that it's definitely its purpose. Does it even make sense to assume that its purpose is humans purpose, purely on the basis that it is the parts?

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    purpose of genes.. one i've read is to record your karma
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    The genes or chromosomes (which are made up of DNA) one has do have a specific purpose. It knows where to go in the body and how to create the cell, tissue, organ etc. it is meant to form. I don't think however that its purpose is a purely a human purpose because every living being on the planet uses DNA in reproduction, so since everything uses the same four letter code to create 'them', it's no more ours than it is say an ants.
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    Genes are mindless and do not have intentions or purposes. For practical purposes we can talk as if they do though. It is the the genes that are suited for survival and reproduction that spread, and because of this, they gain adaptive value and the organism the illusion of design.

    As a metaphor we talk about selfish genes. Genes spread and propagate if they can, through whatever means work. For the gene to spread, what the gene does, has to be good for the differential survival of that gene. Hence the genes of organisms act is if they were selfish, only thinking about its own propagation, because it's the only thing determining how successful a gene is. Evolution through natural selection works at the level of the gene. This is the gene-centered view of evolution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kai View Post
    Whenever I'm reading a thread regarding human nature, there's always one person that says the purpose of humans is to pro-create. This clearly comes from the idea that one function of our genes is to expand but does it's function/activity mean that it's definitely its purpose. Does it even make sense to assume that its purpose is humans purpose, purely on the basis that it is the parts?
    Life is not the agent.
    It is a come by.
    If it were the agent it would have a purpose.
    Life is what is left.
    The agent is what has left.

    A transit is a pass.
    The transitive is the agent.
    The intransitive is the object passed.

    To leave is to quit.
    To live is to be left behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildcat View Post
    Life is not the agent.
    It is a come by.
    If it were the agent it would have a purpose.
    Life is what is left.
    The agent is what has left.

    A transit is a pass.
    The transitive is the agent.
    The intransitive is the object passed.

    To leave is to quit.
    To live is to be left behind.
    I love that. Sorry I have nothing more substantial to add .
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