The Evolution of Empathy
On Sunday July 3, I gave the following presentation entitled “The Evolution of Empathy” at the monthly Ottawa Skeptics meeting in a local pub. Here’s a brief summary:
Evolution can be viewed as a competition between individuals for survival, which seems at odds with the existence of altruism, co-operation, and empathy. Remarkably, the answer lies in selfish genes, game theory, and even sociopaths. Our future existence may depend on the degree we can extend our ability to empathize.