Survival of the Nicest: How Altruism Made Us Human and Why It Pays to Get Along

Survival of the Nicest: How Altruism Made Us Human and Why It Pays to Get Along

Stefan Klein


A Publishers Weekly most sensible ebook of 2014

This revelatory journey de strength by means of an acclaimed and the world over bestselling technology author upends our realizing of “survival of the fittest”—and invitations us all to imagine and act extra altruistically

The word “survival of the fittest” conjures a picture of the main cutthroat participants emerging to the pinnacle. yet Stefan Klein, writer of the number one overseas bestseller The technology of Happiness, makes the startling statement that altruism is the most important to lasting own and societal luck. actually, altruism defines us: traditional choice favourite these early people who cooperated in teams, and with survival extra guaranteed, our altruistic ancestors have been loose to commit brainpower to constructing intelligence, language, and culture—our very humanity.

Klein’s groundbreaking findings lead him to a vexing query: If we’re rather hard-wired to behave for one another’s gain, why aren’t all of us getting alongside? He believes we’ve realized to distrust our instincts simply because good fortune is so usually attributed to egocentric ambition, and with a rare array of material—current examine on genetics and the mind, economics, social psychology, behavioral and anthropological experiments, historical past, and sleek culture—he makes the case that generosity for its personal sake is still the right way to thrive.

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