Thursday, July 26, 2007


You think you get altruism from religion? Democracy? Aunt Edna?

The King of the Nerds notes over at The Stranger how waving someone through the intersection (Seattle drivers: GET A CLUE!) is a trait that even lab rats have. Sadly, this causes me to lose a little respect for those cute little rodents. A 500 word article in a free weekly that features a spot titled "Drunk of the Week" right next to the King's is not enough to convince me there is no learned component of altruism. But a weekly science column in a pop culture rag? Now, that's looking out for his fellow man.

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