Sunday, February 24, 2008

Generosity, Altruism and Moral Inspiration

Olivia Judson has a great article on evolutionary origins of altruism: The Selfless Gene.

How does a propensity for self-sacrifice evolve? And what about the myriad lesser acts of daily kindness—helping a little old lady across the street, giving up a seat on the subway, returning a wallet that’s been lost? Are these impulses as primal as ferocity, lust, and greed? Or are they just a thin veneer over a savage nature?

Jonathan Haidt discusses his research on moral inspiration in a short article in Greater Good: Wired to be Inspired (pdf).


  1. gaddeswarup said...

    The last link does not work but it is not difficult to find the article by google using the title.

  2. Abi said...

    Swarup: Thanks for the alert. It's fixed now.