The dog-eat-dog version of human nature has been coming up against research that shows people are inherently altruistic and cooperative.
“We’re equipped with mechanisms for care and nurtuance,” says Emiliana Simon-Thomas, science director of the Greater Good Science Center. “And they’re as original as any we have for self-preservation and competition.”
For a peek into the evolution of our thinking about human nature, this collection of articles—originally published at Greater Good—touches on a range of aspects, from new research looking at our impulses to collaborate, our consumption patterns, and how we stack up in the animal kingdom.
A new study finds that our first, quickest impulse is to cooperate, not compete. Read more.
It’s the givers, not the takers, who thrive the most in business, argues a new book. Read more.
What can humans learn from other species about cooperation? Read more.
Could sharing and swapping goods online build a more cooperative society along the way? Read more.
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