So Very Interesting

The science of selflessness
E.O. Wilson examines the role of group competition in evolution

The whole article is good, and short. But here are the best excerpts in my opinion:

That group loyalty, Wilson said, is at the root of both some of our finest and darkest impulses — our willingness to sacrifice for others and the xenophobia that underlies aggression against outsiders.

“As William James said, ‘History was a bloodbath.’ We know this was true in history and prehistory,” Wilson said. “Groups consisting of altruistic individuals beat groups consisting of selfish individuals.”

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