Scientists Discover Through Studying Toddlers That Humans Are Inherently Altruistic, Not Selfish

Humans are said to be selfish, and the assertion that greed is good has been followed. But is altruism really an illusion? Though evolutionary theorists have a tendency to focus on competition and the ruthlessness of natural selection, they often find themselves not being able to explain one crucial fact — that humans could not have survived in nature without the charity and social reciprocity of a group.

German researchers have discovered that infants as young as 18 months display altruistic behavior, which suggests that humans have a natural inclination towards being helpful.