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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Barber, Nigel, 1955-
Kindness in a cruel world.
Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2004
|Material Type:||Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
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|Description:||415 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||Altruism: birds do it, bees do it, people do it --
Evolution and ethics --
Sterile castes of priests and nuns --
Why do people grow up to be altruists? --
Altruism among thieves --
Kindness and health --
Kindness among strangers --
Conformity as altruism --
When altruism fails --
Tapping human altruism --
Saving the world --
Where have all the villains gone?
Shows how the original notion of a dog-eat-dog world where survival of the fittest is the only rule must be modified by fresh findings on altruism. This book delves into related issues including sex differences in kindness, approaches to rehabilitating criminals, the political manifestations of altruism in the environmental movement, and more.
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