Introduction: Self and the Selfless (01:08)
Presenter Vassili Christodoulou introduces the panel of social scientists. They will discuss topics related to altruism.
The Pitch: Oliver Curry (02:50)
Anthropologist Curry says altruism does exist because people interact socially. Curry explains the selfish gene view, which means genes are self-prompting but not selfish
The Pitch: Linda Woodhead (03:30)
Sociologist Woodhead explains the different ways of defining altruism. She says love, selflessness, and self-sacrifice are parts of altruism.
The Pitch: John Bird (03:46)
Homelessness advocate Bird talks about the applications of altruism. He explains the notice of giving to the poor that is part of every religion and the dependency of society.
Theme One: Is Altruism No More Than an Evolved Behavior? (09:47)
The panel discusses why altruism is viewed so positively. Curry says it is a biological element of humanity. Woodhead says there are social contexts that determine if a person will act altruistically.
Theme Two: Are We Wholly Governed by Self-Interest? (10:28)
The panel discusses if altruism can only be achieved by going against self-interest. Woodhead talks about the complex range of behavior, which includes enlightened self-interest.
Theme Three: Is Altruism Dangerous? (04:55)
Bird says defining altruism and understanding it is self-interest used to make someone feel better about themselves. The panel agrees that most people believe they are acting altruistically and that it can be dangerous.
Credits: Self and the Selfless (00:19)
Credits: Self and the Selfless
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