Thursday, December 31, 2009

"Survival of the Kindest?"

ScienceDaily has a story about research that builds a case that humans are wired to be altruistic and giving. The author writes:
In contrast to "every man for himself" interpretations of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection, Dacher Keltner, a UC Berkeley psychologist and author of "Born to be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life," and his fellow social scientists are building the case that humans are successful as a species precisely because of our nurturing, altruistic and compassionate traits.

They call it "survival of the kindest."
This is actually not so unusual and hearkens back to the late 1960s flirtation with sociobiology, although not from a purely genetic viewpoint. People have a better chance of survival if they stick together and nobody likes a selfish jerk.

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