“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:
1) This ought to help the Foundation Beyond Belief help all life human and animal;
2) This is scientific evidence that the Golden Rule is natural law written into the universe, not get-out-of-hell-free currency for man-made economies and governments to control;
3) Daniel Pink’s six human and humane economic behavioral mindsets are larger than ourselves and fit into this science:
3) This should bode well for real change in our real world — economic, education, health care, even war and peace. You might even say it’s predestined! 😉
. . . [W]e are getting used to findings of remarkable human empathy, such as those by neuroscientists that reward centers in the brain light up when we give to charity (hence the saying that “doing good feels good”) or that seeing another in pain activates the same brain areas as when we are in pain ourselves.
Obviously, we are hard-wired to be in tune with the emotions of others, a capacity that evolution should never have favored if exploitation of others were all that mattered.
— Frans de Waal, a professor of primate behavior in the psychology department at Emory University, author of “The Age of Empathy.”
Major Snooking around on both competitive and cooperative creatures, particularly as applied to homeschooling families:
Individualism AND — not versus — Institutionalism