15 January 2009

'Collective self interest'

At the heart of "anthropogenics" [a new discipline, one that could go beyond the work of thousands of ecologists, climatologists, economists, anthropologists, psychologists, political scientists, neuroscientists and the like] would be a synthesis of what we know about our ability to sacrifice private for public good, to take less and give more, and of research into game theory, social psychology, anthropology and evolutionary economics. It will challenge the key western assumption that human behaviour is necessarily selfish.
-- from Niels Röling on Why we need a proper study of mankind

(Image: Banaue Rice Terraces)

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