Tech's Frontiers in Science Lecture Series: The Evolution of Goodness, Empathy and Justice
Thu., Jan. 29, 7-8 p.m. 2015
From the venue:Talk Synopsis: In a world supposedly governed by ruthless survival of the fittest, why do we see acts of goodness in both animals and humans? This problem plagued Charles Darwin in the 1850s as he developed his theory of evolution through natural selection. Indeed, Darwin worried that the goodness he observed in nature could be the Achilles heel of his theory. Ever since then, scientists and other thinkers have engaged in a fierce debate about the origins of goodness that has dragged politics, philosophy, and religion into what remains a major question for evolutionary biology.