The altruistic ape

For as much as humans fight and argue with one another, there’s evidence that we’re “programmed” from the very start to work together. We share this characteristic with our cousins the chimpanzees. See how, without being told to, both the little kids and the young chimps help with tasks:

Humans have developed this quality even further than chimpanzees, though. When we see both cooperation and non-cooperation in others, we gravitate towards the cooperating individuals, even when these characteristics are present in objects almost totally unlike us:

Cooperation and mutual cooperation (cooperation between others, as well as with yourself) have been so important to human survival that they are hardwired into our brains. These characteristics contribute not only to our survival as a species, but also to our cultural advancement through the teaching behavior they encourage.

Next »
Evolved to teach