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Let’s see if we can study altruism and selfishness in humans scientifically.

What is the definition of altruism and selfishness?

My definition is-

Altruism: n. excessive selfless devotion to the welfare of others

Selfishness: n. a behavior(s) which tries to optimize a personal goal(s) with little or no consideration of another lifeform(s)’s needs

Dictionary definition is-

Altruism: n. the belief in or practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others.

Selfishness: n. the quality or condition of being selfish

Selfish: adj. (of a person, action, or motive) lacking consideration for others; concerned chiefly with one’s own personal profit or pleasure.

Assuming that we are crazy enough to consider these definitions scientific or accurate in nature what next? S is the selfish variable and A is the altruistic variable.

How many ways are there of behaving altruistically?

It you start listing altruistic behaviors the examples which you may find are as many as a hundred or more.

If you start listing the selfish behavior examples then you may find as many as a thousand or more since humans predominantly behave in selfish ways.

Ok, let’s make a formula relating altruism with selfishness.

That means about 100 examples on the left side of the equation and about a thousand examples on the right side of the equation. Is an example a variable? NO!

Scientific mathematical equations should predict outcomes with a one to one correspondence.

What can you conclude by comparing altruism and selfishness as mathematical variables and what can you predict?



You can’t study human behavior because there are far too many unknown variables and the variables are not scientifically defined and any pseudo equation which you try to come up with has no predictive value whatsoever!!!!!!

When social “scientists” try to make statistical predictive statements about vaguely defined variables such as fear, anger, love, and hate and base the knowledge based on biased questionnaires from humans they are just as incompetent. Social norms have no predictive value when it comes to evaluating individual behavior.

Social scientists are not scientists but charlatans or frauds and they should all be reeducated or join the unemployment line!!!!!!

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Research is being done to find out why people give money to support a charitable goal. It seems that if the pleasure centers of the brain are activated then there is a greater probability of giving. The still unanswered question is why do some humans feel pleasure and others don’t when giving?

It is just a guess on my part but I feel that giving is connected to a basic belief in the charitable goal that you are giving to and having enough spare money to give in the first place.

Previous conditioning by role models who gave to charities probably affects your lifelong giving tendencies but most important is a personal strong belief in the charitable goal. I used to give to conservation organizations which I believed in when I was single and stopped doing so when I got married and had offspring and had less money to give for charitable goals. I no longer felt good about giving because my family priorities overrode charitable giving.


You probably give to charities because it makes you feel good, because you believe in the charitable goal, and if you have some excess money to spend on the charitable goal. If you are very religious you may actually give about 10% of your income to the religious organization because you have been indoctrinated to believe that it is the right thing to do. Acting on a belief is a pleasurable experience.

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