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Old 2011-05-06, 20:20   Link #13528
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Join Date: Dec 2005
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Originally Posted by ChainLegacy View Post
My personal hypothesis on the issue: humans evolved as highly social creatures, and for that reason the average person is capable of empathy. However, given this average, it is also advantageous for a small group of manipulators to 'cheat' the empathetic biological system and be entirely selfish. There is an evolutionary advantage in being a manipulator, but there is a counterweight to that advantage arising from the fact that if everyone were to be manipulative and lacking empathy, then social groups would crumble. Thus, there remains a stable minority in the population of people lacking empathy, and taking advantage of the average trend towards empathetic behavior.
This is why we have robber barons and sociopathic CEOs
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