Complexity Digest 2003.44 - 09
The Nature Of Human Altruism, Nature
Excerpts: Some of the most fundamental questions concerning our evolutionary origins, our social relations, and the organization of society are centred around issues of altruism and selfishness. Experimental evidence indicates that human altruism is a powerful force and is unique in the animal world. (...). Depending on the environment, a minority of altruists can force a majority of selfish individuals to cooperate or, conversely, a few egoists can induce a large number of altruists to defect. Current gene-based evolutionary theories cannot explain important patterns of human altruism, (...).
- Source: The Nature Of Human Altruism
[ http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/nature/journal/v425/n6960/abs/nature02043_fs.html ], Ernst Fehr, Urs Fischbacher, DOI: 10.1038/nature02043, Nature 425, 785 - 791, 23 October 2003