The Biology of Altruism [3:28]


This short video briefly discusses two theories of biological altruism.  It starts with Darwin’s initial confusion over the fact and then introduces Hamilton’s first solution to the puzzle: inclusive fitness.  It then quickly discusses reciprocal altruism.

Discussion Questions

  • Why was altruism first seen as a challenge to Darwin’s Theory of Evolution?
  • What is Hamilton’s theory of inclusive fitness?
  • What is the theory of reciprocal altruism?

Keywords: psychology, empathy, altruism, behavior, evolution,


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