Skip to comments.Can Evolution Explain Altruism in Our Children?
Posted on 12/08/2009 7:52:39 PM PST by GodGunsGuts
esearch has shown that humans like to help, even before they are old enough to have been taught how to do so. This innate characteristic distinguishes humans from their supposed closest evolutionary family member, the chimpanzee, which doesnt demonstrate the same altruistic behavior.
In studies on the subject, at only 18 months old, toddlers were observed to consistently aid unrelated adults in simple tasks such as opening a door or picking up a clothes pin. Researchers assumed then that altruism, or unselfish concern for the welfare of others, evolved early in humans. But does this conclusion necessarily follow from the observations? ...
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Give them a minute; they will come up with something.
I don’t think God will take kindly to evos who try to convince humanity that the altruistic behavior of HIS little children is the product of random processes plus survival.
Toddlers being able to read adults and please them is not so much altruism as it is a means of survival.
I have no problem with behaviors, instincts, tendencies and other non-material things arising from DNA. Why did God give us such complicated DNA? For our physical being only? We are not souls driving around in meat machines; we are spirit and flesh in unity.
Pods of killer whales and dolphins cooperate in hunts, so do lions and wild dogs. Chimps cooperate in hunts to capture monkeys to eat.
You sound like someone that has a strong point to make. Could you elaborate? Im most interested.
End of story.
He said “uniquely human capacities for cooperation.” Are you saying that chimps and whales employ *uniquely human* capacities for cooperation???
What would we ever do without your authoritative pronouncements, AK?
That's nice. I don't think the Almighty will look too kindly on uneducated charlatans like yourself who threaten those who fail to fall for their crackpot theology with eternal damnation.
What would we ever do without your wild exaggerations, AK?
No. I'm saying cooperation is not unique to humans.
Seems to me that altruism is little more than pack behavior...cooperation in other words. i think you will find altruism in most intelligent species that cooperate in a hunt...dogs and wolves especially. They don’t call dog MAN’S BEST FRIEND for nuthin folks. dogs are more like people than any animal on the planet in this regard...well, maybe dolphins and elephants. You can’t exactly keep a dolphin or an elephant in your hut though.
Here’s some altruism for ya:
Because there is no story. No coherent one at any rate. I've seen some strained attempts at explaining altruism from an evolutionary framework, but nothing remotely concrete in terms of the underlying population genetics that would be required to make such tales more than fanciful stories.
Has anyone read The Extinction of Evolution? I just saw a review of it today and it bears on this subject. It's kind of a Screwtape Letters type of book, expounding how we should behave it evolution really was true. It makes me glad that 99% of evolutionists retain a creationary morality despite themselves.
That makes the appeals to a “theistic evolution” nothing more than a bone tossed to the religious to make Darwinism a bit easier to swallow.
Darwin himself in his ‘Descent’ said he thought savages that were self sacrificing would be victorious and thus pass on these traits. In other words a group altruism.
Altruism then becomes selfishness on some level. No matter how contorted the explanation so long as it leaves out a Creator its given credence by the Darwinists.
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