Sunday, February 14, 2010

Video, In Chile, Altruistic Dog Risks Life To Save Another Dog.

This is one incident that captures the fact on video that altruism is not confined to humans. Non-humans recognize situations that require altruism, and modify their typical behavior to perform an altruistic act.

1 comment:

Logan Cres said...

a comment I collected from elsewhere on this subject.
Mike D said:
"I highly recommend any books by the primatologist Frans De Waal. He's done Our Inner Ape, Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved, and most recently The Age of Empathy. He talks in great detail about the fact that empathy, sympathy and altruism are far from being unique to humans, and explains how they are evolutionarily selected traits."