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Books sometimes say, "Our genes want us to have as many children as possible", or "Evolution wants the fittest to survive". But genes are not conscious entities who can want things. So, why do we anthromorphize genes, evolution, and nature?

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    $\begingroup$ I guess this is one question of a broader set, "why do we anthromorphize?". I suspect an answer to the latter would also answer your question. What have you found so far? Any reason you focus specifically on genes? $\endgroup$ – Steven Jeuris Jun 29 at 7:34

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