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Cooperative versus Competitive Virtues – NYTimes.com

There’s been a shift in how we think about human evolution. Years ago, people tended to see evolution as a competition for survival of the fittest. But now there is more emphasis on the gentler virtues. People survive because they are really good cooperators…  People once believed that early humans lived in small kinship circles and fought to pass along their common genes.

In the journal Science, Kim Hill and others point to evidence that people in hunter-gatherer societies actually live with people who are not relatives. It wasn’t selfish genes that wove these people together. It was social skills, the ability to form intimate groups with non-kin.

via Cooperative versus Competitive Virtues – NYTimes.com.

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