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Thought Paper #4 - Is there such a thing as true altruism...

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Is there such a thing as true altruism or is every human act ultimately selfish? Altruistic behavior is glorified by today’s media as unselfish acts of kindness that result in the aiding of a person or group in need. Although these events are usually taken at face value, evolutionary perspectives and societal influences reveal the underlying reasons for altruistic behavior. In fact, the concept of altruism is nonexistent in human behavior. According to the utility theory, humans make decisions by balancing the costs and benefits of any given situation. Before a conclusion is reached, the benefits must outweigh the costs. When deciding whether or not to intervene in a given situation, humans have a very fast process of determining their utility outcome and how they will react. Research has revealed some insight into why and when humans perform acts of apparent altruism. The evolutionary perspective best explains why every human acts in selfish, rather than altruistic ways. Our ancestors lived in an all for one society where every act
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