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survival value

noun
1.
the utility of a behavioral trait or of a physical feature of an organism in aiding the survival and reproduction of the organism.
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  • If nothing else, religion has tremendous genetic survival value.
  • However, goods can be desirable for a reason other than survival value.
  • The ability to distinguish similar spoken sounds is clearly of survival value.
  • It is selfish behavior with no survival value for our planet.
  • Both aggression and more peaceful traits have survival value so we're likely to find both in humans.
  • And it may have survival value in that it promotes group cohesion, and helps leaders to organize and control the group's members.
  • For natural selection is oblivious to the survival value of camouflage and other adaptive strategies.
  • There is of course an alternative view, and that is that religion is a byproduct of other traits which have survival value.

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