The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation Ridley, M.

A great companion piece/follow up book to Richard Dawkins’ “The Selfish Gene”. It breaks down the theory of evolution in terms of human compassion and cooperation, as well as in the animal kingdom and the similarities between non-human animals and human beings. The best chapter is “Duty and the Feast” which discusses why human beings are devoted to sharing food with each other and how this leads to a highly functioning and cooperative tribe/society. Fascinating stuff.

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