science podcast #75

Seeking the Roots of Kindness: The Life & Work of George Price

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Download MP3 This week: If nature is “red in tooth and claw,” then how did kindness evolve? I’m devoting the entire podcast to one man’s search for the answer to that question. George Price was an eccentric American scientist who developed an equation to explain how natural selection can favor altruism. His life and work are the subject of the new book The Price of Altruism. Listen to my interview with author Oren Harman. Bring your own thoughts and questions for Harman. He’s our guest in the latest Science Forum discussion. (Oh, and if you’re a U.S. resident, you can now connect with us through text messages. Details in the podcast.)

The Price of Altruism: Oren Harman’s new book is about George Price, who solved the mystery of the origins of kindness. Price’s realization that altruism arises from selfish roots so depressed him that he set out to disprove his own theory and became an evangelical Christian. Oren Harman is taking your questions about George Price and the evolution of altruism in our online Science Forum. So don’t forget to stop by with your thoughts and questions.

Guest: Oren Harman, chair of the Graduate Program in Science, Technology, and Society, Bar Ilan University, Israel.

Join the online discussion with Harman. He’s taking your questions until July 28th.

One Response to “Seeking the Roots of Kindness: The Life & Work of George Price”

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