Debate: The Kindness of Strangers - Why Do Humans Choose to be Nice to Each Other?
Edinburgh International Book Festival 26.08.2011
- Oren Harman, Author of The Price Of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness
- Chair: Dr Steve Sturdy, Deputy Director, ESRC Genomics Forum, University of Edinburgh
- Dr Dominic Johnson, Reader, Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh
- Professor Ruth Chadwick, Director, Cesagen, Cardiff University
Organised byESRC Genomics and Policy Research Forum
VenueSpeigeltent - Edinburgh International Book Festival
Humans have evolved to be altruistic. What is altruism and why does it take the forms it does? Is altruism universal or culturally diverse? In this event three experts discussed the idea of giving, philanthropy, and ways society can work better.
This fascinating discussion of the origins and the uses of human kindness featured Oren Harman, author of The Price of Altruism; Dominic Johnson, Reader in Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh; and Ruth Chadwick, Director of Cesagen at the University of Cardiff. Chaired by Steve Sturdy, Deputy Director of the ESRC Genomics Forum.