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How to know if you're being selfish (and whether or not that's bad) - Mark Hopwood

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The question of whether or not humans are inherently selfish is one of philosophy’s oldest debates. The idea that we only act out of self-interest is an extreme stance that few philosophers would endorse. However, the idea that all humans have a deep selfish streak is something many philosophers would agree with. So, are we innately selfish? Mark Hopwood explores this classic conundrum.

Studies by psychologists have shown that even very young children demonstrate helpful behavior despite there being nothing in it for themselves. What other evidence might be given to show that human beings do not act solely out of self-interest?

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  • Educator Mark Hopwood
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  • Narrator Adrian Dannatt
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