Are the advantages of generosity much less tangible than the benefits of selfishness?
Item: “A tribe full of nice guys would be easy prey for a cheater, who would quickly spread his genes through the population.”
Item: “. . . clumps of cooperators thrive and replicate, while selfish groups wither and die.”
Read an abstract of the article in this week’s New Yorker Magazine, KIN AND KIND - A fight about the genetics of altruism by Jonah Lehrer.