Imagine a burning home, flames dancing out every window. A man walking by hears a scream for help from a young child coming from inside. Without much of a thought, he runs inside in an attempt to rescue the youngster. Why would he do that? Why – evolutionarily speaking – would anyone risk his or her life or save a stranger.
One man thought he figured out why and he didn’t like what he discovered, so he gave up everything to prove himself wrong.
Today I have the story of George Price on the 184th episode of Coffee of Jeff.
Show notes and links:
- George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness (youtube.com)
- TEDxTalpiot – Oren Harman – The Evolution of Altruism (youtube.com)
- George Price: The altruistic man who died trying to prove selflessness doesn’t exist (independent.co.uk)
- The Group: On George Price (thenation.com)
- (PDF) The Birth of the First Evolutionary Stable Strategy | Oren Harman (academia.edu)
- The Man Who Gave Himself Away (nautil.us)
- (PDF) Helical Biography: The Case of Altruism and George Price | Oren Harman (academia.edu)
- George R. Price – Wikipedia (wikipedia.org)
- Why Do Human Beings Do Good Things? The Puzzle of Altruism (psychologytoday.com)