are humans inherently altruistic?

New Yorker article on the evolution of altruism – http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/02/the-paradox-of-altruism/

  • vampire bats, sharing blood
  • eusociality among ants, bees, and a few other insects with hive-like, interdependent communities
  • is there an evolutionary reason for altruism?
  • is altruism fundamentally based on a self-centred biological desire to pass on our genetic legacy?
  • is there a calculable formula for altruism?

also see – to the best of our knowledge – “Are humans innately good?” – on George Price’s algorithm for altruism (and his tragic story)


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