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Shweta Patro Free Write on Altruism Article 10/8/09 Mrs. Morelli – English 1 Is it not possible that altruism is present in animals as well? Mother cows are fiercely protective of and lovingly nurturing towards their calves. Yet the calf does not give its mother special recognition when it gets older. Many anthropologists and scientists say that this seemingly altruistic behavior is seen because the mother lion only wants to pass on its genetic information, and perpetuate the cycle of life. Darwin and his theory of natural selection appear to explain this phenomenon. The faulty assumption of this theory is that mother lion knows, either intrinsically, in the subconscious or deductively, that it must contribute to the next generation. The urge to take care of young may be intrinsic, that is, embedded in the genetic code of the brain. The brain controls the mind, which controls the impulses of hunger, thirst and sleep. In a similar way, the brain may control motherly impulses. Animals may be hardwired for altruism.
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This note was uploaded on 01/18/2012 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor Sei during the Spring '11 term at American Academy of Art.

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