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