[PDF / EPUB] Kindness In A Cruel World The Evolution Of Altruism What do mutual grooming politeness priestly celibacy military heroism car insurance and overwork have in common All are probable examples of the recently discovered evolutionary mechanism called recip What do A Cruel ePUB ´ mutual grooming politeness priestly celibacy military heroism car insurance and overwork have in common All are probable examples of the recently discovered evolutionary mechanism called reciprocal altruism Put simply the concept means You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours Although rare in animals reciprocal altruism colors much of human emotion and social behavior Over the course of our evolutionary history we humans Kindness In ePUB Ñ have developed a great variety of social contracts ranging from food sharing among hunter gatherers to observing the rules of the road in contemporary society In a lively fascinating discussion that explores the behaviors of bees bats and humans in various normal and deviant social settings evolutionary psychologist Nigel Barber explains In A Cruel World The Kindle - the evolutionary basis of these wide ranging phenomenaBeginning with Darwin’s theory Barber shows how the In A Cruel eBook ↠ original notion of a dog eat dog world where survival of the fittest is the only rule must now be modified by the new findings on altruism In bees for example the workers evolve without reproductive ability and exist only for the good of the hive and the propagation of the ueen bee’s genes In addition vampire bats will spontaneously share food through regurgitation evidently so In A Cruel World The Kindle - that the favor will be returned when food sources are scarceIn humans reciprocal arrangements depend on trust so moral emotions like guilt embarrassment resentment and pride have evolved to guard against the temptation to cheat which would destroy the basis of trust on which so much depends The evolution of such emotions may also lead to exceptionally self sacrificial behavior in some individuals whether this takes the form of priestly celibacy a soldier jumping on a hand grenade to save his buddies or the donation of a kidney Barber brings the revealing insights of evolutionary psychology to these examples and and delves into related issues including sex differences in kindness new approaches to rehabilitating criminals the connection of kindness to health and the political manifestations of altruism in the environmental movementFull of stimulating ideas expressed in lucid prose Kindness in a Cruel World presents a compelling case that the desire to help others and the spirit of cooperation are fundamental to our human evolutionary inheritance.
- 415 pages
- Kindness In A Cruel World The Evolution Of Altruism
- Nigel Barber
- 27 May 2015 Nigel Barber