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Why do some people risk their lives to help a stranger? Extreme acts of altruism, such as organ donation, are becoming more commonplace, and psychologist Abigail Marsh seeks to understand why. After all, conventional wisdom purports that humans are innately selfish. Yet, around the world, individuals and societies are broadening their circles of compassion. getAbstract recommends this reassuring, hopeful look at human nature.

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Abigail Marsh is an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Georgetown University.

 

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One night in the late 1990s, a teenage driver swerved to avoid a dog on the freeway. Moments later, she found herself in the fast lane facing the wrong direction. Then the car engine died. A man pulled over and ran across four lanes of traffic to save her. The young driver, Abigail Marsh, never learned her rescuer’s name, but his selfless act shaped her life. Marsh became a psychologist devoted to understanding altruism.

Many people believe that humans are selfish. ...


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    Valeriy Mitrokhin 2 years ago
    I like the author's train of thought very well
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    Valeriy Mitrokhin 2 years ago
    I like the author's train of thought very well