Debunking the Myth of the Inherently “Mean Girl” – Humans Weren’t Born Nasty

Today, Discovery news highlighted that the fact that, contrary to the assertions of scientists a decade ago, human beings are not ‘naturally nasty.’ In fact, humans regularly engage in cooperate behavior

“… human children — and most higher animals — are “moral” in a scientific sense, because they need to cooperate with each other to reproduce and pass on their genes,” he said.

“Human morality is unthinkable without empathy.”

So, mean girls (and boys) of the world – sorry, you weren’t just born that way. Human begins are inherently cooperative and social. If you don’t believe me, check out the article in Discovery News.

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2 thoughts on “Debunking the Myth of the Inherently “Mean Girl” – Humans Weren’t Born Nasty

  1. Jim Wheeler

    This makes perfect sense to me, including when de Waal said,

    “Morality” developed in humans in small communities, he said, adding: “It’s a challenge… it’s experimental for the human species to apply a system intended for (in-groups) to the whole world.”

    We evolved as hunter-gatherers in small groups. It’s little wonder that tribal sizes of thousands, much less millions, don’t work as well. Even the GOP’s various factions can’t seem to get along. Give us a few more thousand years and we might work it out. :wink:

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