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  1. Yep - providing this free forum is an example of an altruistic act. The Ayn Rand institute is supported by the altrustic donations of others. It's interesting to see people who are dependent on Altruism require that others accept they anti-altruism position on "faith". It's interesting that Yoism, the Church of Reality, American Atheists, Secular Humanism, and the Brights, all reality based religions are pro altruism. So there's not agreement in the reality based community about altruism with most being for it.
  2. Actually humanity has evolved altruism as a survival skill. We are as interconnected as a hive of bees and is the hive doesn't do well the bees don't either. We are totally dependent on altruism for the survival of humanity.
  3. Here's the link: http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/disco...sm_x.htm?csp=15 The article suggests that being helpful is an evolutionart survival trait. It's an interesting position. Here's an exerpt. Roots of altruism show in babies' helping hands By Lauran Neergaard, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Oops, the scientist dropped his clothespin. Not to worry — a wobbly toddler raced to help, eagerly handing it back. The simple experiment shows the capacity for altruism emerges as early as 18 months of age. Toddlers' endearing desire to help out actually signals fairly sophist
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