Article Title: To get a grip on altruism, see humans as molecules

 

Article Summary

This article is about altruism (disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others)and what causes this behaviour. The author is trying to develop an analogy between the behaviour of atoms, molecules etc. in a reaction and the way human beings interact. The author uses the physical structure of ice, water and steam to describe how a different set of interactions can be produced in the same population. The writer also discusses altruism and compares it with semiconductor physics in which the metals are activated only after the supply of electricity of a  fixed value and not before that. Similarly the altruism in people is also turned on after a large financial reward.

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Words to learn from this Article:

Diminutive: extremely or unusually small.

Defector: a person who has abandoned their country or cause in favor of an opposing one.

Perish: suffer complete ruin or destruction.

Foster: encourage the development of (something, especially something desirable).

Swindled: use deception to deprive (someone) of money or possessions

Stifled: prevent or constrain (an activity or idea).

 

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