The naturalness of altruism — Condensed Matters

Ineresante reflexión de Jorge Quintanilla. La recomiendo a mis lectores.



Our culture tends to assume that selfishness is natural, while altrusim requires an explanation. But why? This question sprang to my mind the other day, while I was reading John Brashaw’s “In Defen…


I think this part of a more general theme: in life, in society, and even at the microscopic level in the interactions between myriads of atoms or electrons inside materials, cooperation leads to behaviours that can reinforce themselves and survive, while pure competition leads to and “averaging out to zero”. So what is natural is coopertation and leads to what we observe -be it life on Earth or the magnetic field of a nedymium magnet. 

It is also, incidentally, a nicer way to look at the world than the victorian cut-throat tinge with which natural evolution is often described.

Origen: The naturalness of altruism — Condensed Matters



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