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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