Crafting Gentleness

Monday, August 06, 2007

When evolutionary biologists attempt to make sense of altruism ...

If you start with the assumptions that

a) we are all always-already selfish
b) life is really always-already about the production and management of resources

Then you can end up with ideas such as the following:

I'm glad I don't work with those assumptions.


  • But, but, Anthony, that article is so cool!

    Or was I brainwashed during my biology studies? I don't know, but to me this kind of thing helps me question my own motives and impulses, and recognize that some of them may be hard-wired for millenia-old purposes that really have very little to do with my personal needs, happiness, or ideals. With that awareness, I am more free to make truly altruistic choices. Nothing wrong with that, I'd say.

    By Blogger arcolaura, at Monday, 06 August, 2007  

  • I love it. I've always thought I'd get laid if I did volunteer work.... you know all that selflessness obviously leads to one thing.... Now it's proven

    *tongue very firmly in cheek*

    By Blogger Soooz, at Wednesday, 08 August, 2007  

  • Been thinking some more about this...

    By Blogger arcolaura, at Friday, 10 August, 2007  

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