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

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"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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