Scientism tries to explain altruism


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Article reads: Richard Dawkins has declared that humans are “nicer than is good for our selfish genes.” Emory University primatologist Frans de Waal argues against this popular picture of evolution as a Hobbesian wilderness of selfishly competing individuals, where life is “nasty, brutish, and short.” De Waal focuses his research on the social behavior of primates, studying questions of culture, altruism, morality, and empathy.

But from the point of view of vitalism the answer is easy: we are selfish because we love ourselves, but because this love sources God there is more love to be given to others that are an extended self. The question returns to the meaning of self, while noting that the idea of an authentic self has escaped present science. The authentic self is God, and therefore, God is love.

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  • Simone Cucinotta  On May 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm

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