This is a fascinating article that speaks to the nature of humans. I was was reading it when reflecting on a comment made by another homeschooler- a devout christian, who believes humans are born evil and need to be led into goodness- a belief held by many Christians. The article raises some interesting arguments about the inherent “goodness” of mankind- well worth the read if only from a scientific standpoint!
“Baby’s Helping Hands: First Evidence For Altruistic Behaviours In Human Infants And Chimpanzees
According to a Yiddish proverb, ‘if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.’ A new study from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany offers another place to find one – children and chimpanzees. Researchers developed several helping scenarios in which an adult was struggling with a problem and needed help. In one such scenario, an adult accidentally dropped objects on a floor and was unable to reach them. … the rest of the article can be found here