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The scientific accuracy of Kropotkin's Mutual Aid

Submitted by Naokotani in Anarcho_communism

I recently read Kropotikin's "Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution" after coming across an article by Stephen Jay Gould called "Kropotikin Was No Crackpot."

https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/stephen-jay-gould-kropotkin-was-no-crackpot.pdf

In that article, he mentions that the science isn't quite on in Mutual aid, I believe in regards to his lack of evidence of how cooperation increases individual reproductive fitness, while presenting evidence of how it increases the fitness of the species as a whole.

Does this really matter? Could the book not fairly easily be updated to give some explanation of how these traits are transmitted in a more modern way?

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squirrels wrote

Gould wrote about Kropotkin?! I know that might not matter to most, but since Gould was a massive influence on me... thank you. I am going to read this and hold it close to my heart.

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

Don't see why it matters, would be interested to know why Gould seems to think it does.