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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Evolutionary Altruism Studies Off-Target?

Research games to study the evolution of altruism are off target according to a researcher. He bases his research on his presuppositions of evolution, and does not consider that we are made in the image of God.

There are scientists who base their research on the presupposition that molecules to man evolution is a given, and that altruism itself evolved. They tested people over the years using economic games, and now a zoologist is saying that it all may be wasted effort. Maybe a new approach is in order: since we evolved from animals, stop treating people like people and treat them more like animals in these experimental games. He'd have more accurate results if he realized that we are not animals, and that we're created in the image of God.
Games that psychologists play with human lab rats don’t show what evolutionists think they do.

For many years, evolutionary psychologists have used games like the “public goods game” to probe the origin of human altruistic behavior in natural selection (e.g. 9/07/14, 1/31/14, 11/03/13, 8/15/12). The games may not reflect reality, an article on PhysOrg suggests.
To finish reading, click on "Game Theory Undermined: Evolution of Altruism Not Demonstrated."