What’s in it for us? An Israeli historian searches for the origins of altruism
Prof. Oren Harman, whose book was awarded a Los Angeles Times book prize, says the best way to explain science is through a story.
Well, what do you think? Is there such a thing as true, pure altruism?
Unquestionably. Do you think there isn’t?
I’m suddenly not sure.
When we behave altruistically toward someone, we experience physiological reactions to that behavior. You encounter a homeless person on the street who smells and has blood running down his leg. You feel tremendously stressed and...