Tag: selfishness

Quick, Lend Me Some Money—Humans Act More Generously Under Time Pressure

By Sophie Bushwick | September 21, 2012 8:30 am

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Selfishness is good for us—thinking “me (and my relatives) first” lets humans ensure their survival and that of their genes. But generosity can be good, too; it binds humans into safe communities. So if both behaviors are beneficial, which one dominates? A new Nature paper suggests that it all comes down to timing: when we have to make a fast decision, we act more generously than when we have time to think about our choices.

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