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Nihilism, Futurist Traditionalism and Conservationism

The roots of false altruism

19 10 10 - 14:17

From the Our-Glorious-Simian-Heritage dept:


Chimpanzees and bonobos will voluntarily open a door to offer a companion access to food, even if they lose part of it in the process. And capuchin monkeys are prepared to seek rewards for others, such as when we place two of them side by side, while one of them barters with us with differently colored tokens. One token is “selfish,” and the other “prosocial.” If the bartering monkey selects the selfish token, it receives a small piece of apple for returning it, but its partner gets nothing. The prosocial token, on the other hand, rewards both monkeys. Most monkeys develop an overwhelming preference for the prosocial token, which preference is not due to fear of repercussions, because dominant monkeys (who have least to fear) are the most generous. - NYT


Monkeys will be "altruistic" because they expect the return treatment from those they benefit.

So we all form a mob, give everything to each other, and then figure we can demand whatever we want.

Monkeys.

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