SuperFreakonomics on Altruism

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

People (and economists) have long thought that humans have a basic inclination toward altruism: toward helping one another without thinking of a reward. Stephen Dubner, co-author of "SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance" tells the story of how this was called into question and how studies complicate the picture of what motivates human beings.


Stephen J. Dubner

Comments [1]

Patrick McGowan

If you really want to measure Altruism, measure how few individuals out of the population donate blood/platelets on a consistant basis. We give up our time as well as our bodies for no monetary gain unless you count the "cookies"!

The Need is great, but it is always the same few!!!

Better yet...measure enlistments in an all volunteer military. Thank you Veterans!!!!!

Nov. 18 2009 03:30 PM

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