Honeybees, Harmony, and Humanity

Wisdom traditions teach us to redirect our focus from narrow personal concerns toward broader universal ones. Although this ethic represents a peak of human understanding, isn’t a notion that demands rational thought; it seems to arise naturally when groups of animals … Continue reading

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Walking a Narrower Road

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. –Robert Frost In recent entries I’ve explored the nature of choice and identity. Today I want to step … Continue reading

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The Tyranny of Self

In one of those strange and common coincidences, after completing the last post about altruism I came across someone else’s discussion of the exact same issue. The late Carl Sagan and his wife, Ann Druyan, published Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors … Continue reading

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The Nature of Altruism

Evolutionary biologists question whether true altruism exists in nature. If most natural selection operates on the level of individual fitness, as is generally believed, it is difficult to see how genes for self-sacrifice could survive. If you give up  resources … Continue reading

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