Early Humans Learned Kindness and Compassion First Before Intelligence

A new study found that early humans learned kindness and compassion at least a million years ahead of the development of intelligence and language. 

“The idea that we are all innately selfish, which comes from modern economics, has had a strong influence on how we interpret archaeological finds, but the evidence suggests that … early humans’ survival would have depend­ed on co-operation: aggres­sive or selfish behaviour would have been very risky,” Spikins said.

Spikins pioneered the compassion-before-intelligence study back in 2010. More details of her findings can be read in her book, “How Compassion Made Us Human.

By Julie S