If evolution favors the survival of the fittest, how did kindness and selflessness evolve? The search for that answer is the subject of Harman’s new book, The Price of Altruism.
Disappointed by his findings, because they implied that seemingly selfless behaviors are in fact selfish, Price decided to prove his own science wrong. He became an evangelical Christian and gave away everything he owned to the poor and homeless.
Price took his own life in 1975.
Oren Harman is taking your comments and questions. Come join the conversation. It’s just to the right.
- What tells us more about human kindness: Price’s altruism for the poor, or his mathematical equation?
- Do you believe any actions are truly selfless, or do all acts of kindness have ulterior motives?
- What drives you to be kind to others?
- Watch ‘The Bipolar Ape: Torn Between Love and War’, a movie about human nature.
- Squirrels adopt orphaned baby squirrels.