What Makes a Hero Like Aaron Feis Is a Brain Mystery
Aaron Feis and other staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School lost their own lives while saving the lives of others. Science still struggles to explain such acts of heroism.
The Daily Beast
Could a More Individualistic World Also Be a More Altruistic One?
Equating individualism with selfishness may be a mistake: Some of the world’s wealthiest and most individualistic countries are some of the most altruistic, says Abigail Marsh.
13.7: Cosmos & Culture, NPR
Help You Help Me
Reputation is the oil that lubricates social interactions.
Why It Can Make Sense to Believe in the Kindness of Strangers
Caring about someone you have never met, this new brain research suggests, may have a lot in common with caring about the people you love.
Can Empathy Be Learned? Science Offers Some Clues
Researchers say empathy is not only a biological instinct, but also a skill human beings can learn and improve upon.
Religion News Service
What Drives Some People To Take Personal Risks To Help Strangers?
Acts of altruism — like saving swimmers caught in a riptide from drowning or donating a kidney to a stranger — are among the thorniest puzzles of human nature, says Abigail Marsh.
13.7: Cosmos & Culture, NPR
Global Cooperation Depends on the Strength of Local Connections
Institutions that encourage fewer, stronger connections might have a better shot at getting individuals to work together for their common good.
Five Limits Your Brain Puts on Generosity
Studies show us various ways our brains limit generosity in different situations (and at different ages).
What Science Tells Us About Good and Evil
After a killing and a violent neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, the nation wrestles with why we commit such unspeakable acts.
Are Humans Altruistic by Nature?
Abigail Marsh argues there is a neurological explanation for why some people behave more altruistically than others. In particular, her research focuses on those, such as kidney donors, who engage in acts of “extraordinary altruism”— putting themselves in harm’s way to help strangers without any expectation of reward.
Big Questions Online
Are Humans Altruistic, or Selfish? Context Is Key
New research suggests we will forgo benefits to help others, but are much less willing to suffer harm.
True Altruism Seen in Chimpanzees, Giving Clues to Evolution of Human Cooperation
Two studies show chimps helping out even those who aren’t related to them.
What’s Love Got To Do With Evolution?
History is filled with countless examples of people risking life and limb for complete strangers, but why? How can evolutionary science explain that kind of selfless altruism?
To the Best of Our Knowledge
Why Some People Are More Altruistic Than Others
Why do some people do selfless things, helping other people even at risk to their own well-being?
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