How Humans Are Hard-Wired to Treat Each Other

3 10 2009

“So easy a caveman could do it” sells insurance on tv as laissez faire capitalism good for us all. A new congressman boldly goes where no Dem has gone before, calling out GOP obstructionists and greedy antisocial insurance companies as “foot-dragging, knuckle-dragging Neanderthals” this week. [see six-minute mark into video]

And today, the Wall Street Journal takes on the killer-ape “survival of the fittest” theory as unfit to intelligently explain human behavior.
[see 11 new Science papers on these 4.4 million year old hominid fossils here]

Are humans hard-wired to be ruthlessly competitive or supportive of one another?
. . .The once-popular killer ape theory is crumbling under its own lack of evidence . . . towards increasing evidence for humans as cooperative and empathic. . . people do not always adhere to the profit principle.

We care about fairness and justice and sometimes let these concerns override the desire to make as much money as possible.

JJ is having some Saturday morning conjecture with her coffee: Read the rest of this entry »