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Debate: The Kindness of Strangers - Why Do Humans Choose to be Nice to Each Other?

August 26 2011

Venue: Speigeltent - Edinburgh International Book Festival

Organised by: ESRC Genomics and Policy Research Forum

Humans have evolved to be altruistic. What is altruism and why does it take the forms it does? Is altruism universal or culturally diverse? In this event three experts discussed the idea of giving, philanthropy, and ways society can work better.

This fascinating discussion of the origins and the uses of human kindness featured Oren Harman, author of The Price of Altruism; Dominic Johnson, Reader in Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh; and Ruth Chadwick, Director of Cesagen at the University of Cardiff. Chaired by Steve Sturdy, Deputy Director of the ESRC Genomics Forum.,24826,en.t4.html