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

By Stefan Klein

A Publishers Weekly top ebook of 2014

This revelatory journey de strength via an acclaimed and across the world bestselling technological know-how 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 members emerging to the head. yet Stefan Klein, writer of the number 1 foreign bestseller The technological know-how of Happiness, makes the startling statement that altruism is the most important to lasting own and societal luck. in reality, altruism defines us: usual 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 quite 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 unprecedented array of material—current study on genetics and the mind, economics, social psychology, behavioral and anthropological experiments, heritage, and sleek culture—he makes the case that generosity for its personal sake is still how one can thrive.

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