Humans Biologically Disposed To Help

In his new book Why We Cooperate, Dr. Michael Tomasello writes that 18-month-old infants will attempt to help when they see an unrelated adult whose hands are full trying to open a door or pick up a clothespin. What do you think?

  • “Whenever a toddler does something like that for me, I always respond with a polite but firm no-thank-you."”

    Tom Newman –
    Driller

  • “Sure, children don't develop a cold indifference to the plight of those around them until the age of 4 or so."”

    Pat Gilbert –
    Hand Finisher

  • “That's 100 percent true. Just the other day, I saw a group of young men rush to help a tired-looking fellow who wasn't done beating the shit out of a guy on the ground."”

    Shannon Lewis –
    Instrument-Lens Grinder

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