How did humans turn from animals who were only inclined to help their offspring to the creatures we are today–who regularly send precious resources to total strangers? With me on the show today is Michael McCullough, who explores this difficult question in his book, The Kindness of Strangers: How a Selfish Ape Invented a New Moral Code.
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- Michael McCullough
- Michael McCullough, The Kindness of Strangers: How a Selfish Ape Invented a New Moral Code
- W.D. Hamilton and the gene for altruism
- Robert Trivers and reciprocal altruism
- Ancient Mesopotamia
- Humanity’s turn to agriculture (the Neolithic Revolution)
- The Code of Hammurabi
- The Axial Age
- The Golden Rule
- Peter Singer
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