altruism

  1. haidut

    Babies Are Altruistic, Even To Their Own Detriment

    A great study that raises serious questions about the validity of currently dominant theories a-la "Selfish Gene" about human nature/character, as well as the sanity of proponents of such theories (I am looking at you Richard Dawkins). As the study demonstrates, human babies at the tender age of...
  2. haidut

    Imagination Is Crucial For Altruism

    A great study that once again links altruistic behavior with metabolism and energetics. I posted in the past about the studies on egalitarian beliefs / attitudes being more energetically expensive than selfish ones, and as such implying that people with the former beliefs are in better metabolic...
  3. haidut

    Rats React The Same Way To Observing Pain In Others As If They Experience It Themselves

    So much for animals lacking empathy, or being “selfish machines” as famously coined by that sociopath Richard Dawkins. https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(19)30322-7?_returnURL=https%3A%2F%2Flinkinghub.elsevier.com%2Fretrieve%2Fpii%2FS0960982219303227%3Fshowall%3Dtrue “…...
  4. haidut

    Bonobos Are Altruistic (without Payback And Without Encouragement)

    I have posted before studies in regards to the link between metabolism, energy and highly valued human qualities like altruism, and helpfulness. As has been confirmed in humans, egalitarian beliefs, altruism and generally friendly behavior towards complete (genetic) strangers requires good...
  5. haidut

    Altruistic People More Likely To End Up With Depression

    This study is very interesting because it explains a bit of the "paradox" observed numerous times in medical and psychology professions. Namely, altruistic and caring people in those professions have an abnormally high rate of depression and suicide compared to their more normal (read: selfish)...
  6. haidut

    Loneliness Is The Real Cause Of Selfishness

    ...and vice versa. I have suspected for a very long time that pathologically selfish people may have a mental disorder of some sort or at least be under some kind of environmental pressure to develop such extreme behavior. Now, this new study says that selfishness may simply be a...
  7. haidut

    Humans May Be Hardwired For Altruism

    Studies like this are a breath of fresh air in the suffocating sphere of genetics-driven anthropology. I would like to hear Dawkins' take on it, even though he has said before that he refuses to look at studies that claim to have found altruism in human nature. To him it is a waste of time and...
  8. haidut

    Intuition, Creativity Make Us Altruistic; Reasoning Selfish

    I think this study supports Ray's ideas well. Too much analytical thinking is the hallmark of selfish, authoritarian thought and a symptom of defective metabolism. Creativity, altruism, trusting your senses and intuition is the behavior of "artists" and revered by the likes of William Blake...
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