Unto Others: The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior #2020

Unto Others: The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior Elliott Sober David Sloan Wilson Unto Others The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior No matter what we do however kind or generous our deeds may seem a hidden motive of selfishness lurks or so science has claimed for years This book whose publication promises to be a major scientif

  • Title: Unto Others: The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior
  • Author: Elliott Sober David Sloan Wilson
  • ISBN: 9780674930476
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Paperback
  • Unto Others: The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior Elliott Sober David Sloan Wilson No matter what we do, however kind or generous our deeds may seem, a hidden motive of selfishness lurks or so science has claimed for years This book, whose publication promises to be a major scientific event, tells us differently In Unto Others philosopher Elliott Sober and biologist David Sloan Wilson demonstrate once and for all that unselfish behavior is in fact anNo matter what we do, however kind or generous our deeds may seem, a hidden motive of selfishness lurks or so science has claimed for years This book, whose publication promises to be a major scientific event, tells us differently In Unto Others philosopher Elliott Sober and biologist David Sloan Wilson demonstrate once and for all that unselfish behavior is in fact an important feature of both biological and human nature Their book provides a panoramic view of altruism throughout the animal kingdom from self sacrificing parasites to insects that subsume themselves in the superorganism of a colony to the human capacity for selflessness even as it explains the evolutionary sense of such behavior.Explaining how altruistic behavior can evolve by natural selection, this book finally gives credence to the idea of group selection that was originally proposed by Darwin but denounced as heretical in the 1960s With their account of this controversy, Sober and Wilson offer a detailed case study of scientific change as well as an indisputable argument for group selection as a legitimate theory in evolutionary biology.Unto Others also takes a novel evolutionary approach in explaining the ultimate psychological motives behind unselfish human behavior Developing a theory of the proximate mechanisms that most likely evolved to motivate adaptive helping behavior, Sober and Wilson show how people and perhaps other species evolved the capacity to care for others as a goal in itself.A truly interdisciplinary work that blends biology, philosophy, psychology, and anthropology, this book will permanently change not just our view of selfless behavior but also our understanding of many issues in evolutionary biology and the social sciences.
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    1. The authors challenge a prevailing view that discounts the role of the group in the evolution of altruism i.e individuals act for the good of the group Given the emphasis on the selfish gene in modern evolutionary theory, the challenge is to explain our clearly evident altruistic behavior 1 Drawing from Darwin s observations in The Descent of Man, the authors believe that altruism evolved through inter group competition The group that had the strongest cooperative tendencies including a mutual w [...]

    2. Perhaps as strong a case as can be made for group selection The second half, in which the co authors attempt to determine whether or not humans are really selfish, is fine enough for philosophers but caviar to myself and the rest of the general.

    3. Group selection has been shunned since the 1960s as a means to explain group dynamics and individual behavior such as altruism It was replaced by selfish gene, kin selection, egotism, and hedonism explanations, none of which in and of itself totally and successfully explains altruistic behavior Elliot Sober presents a well reasoned treatise for reconsidering group selection as one of several explanations for both evolutionary altruism and psychological altruism We think that multilevel selection [...]

    4. as powerful as science books come up there is Guns germs and steel, Descartes Error, consciousness explained, and how the mind works amazing book

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