Science overturns view of humans as naturally ‘nasty’

“Humans have a lot of pro-social tendencies,” Frans de Waal…

 

Until just 12 years ago, the common view among scientists was that humans were “nasty” at the core but had developed a veneer of morality — albeit a thin one, de Waal told scientists and journalists from some 50 countries.

 

But human children — and most higher animals — are “moral” in a scientific sense, because they need to cooperate with each other to reproduce and pass on their genes, he said.

 

By Agence France-Presse

 

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