just altruism LO28443

From: ACampnona@aol.com
Date: 05/09/02

Replying to LO28436 --

Dear LO,

Judy writes,

> What a lovely subject !!!
> I wonder how many know about the research conducted by Prof. Amotz Zahavi,
> and his team. The research took place in the Negev desert and it still
> goes on. They carefully observe and keep documentation on the behaviour of
> "herds", "flights", "teams", "groups" (you name it :-)) of certain
> animals.
> In his book "The Handicap Principle - A Missing Piece of Darwin's Puzzle",
> published in 1997 by Oxford University Press, Zahavi offers a paradigm
> shift that came to his mind from watching various forms of communication
> in nature. He gives IMHO an evolutionary explanation to altruistic
> behaviour by demonstrating that when one animal assumes a risk or endures
> a sacrifice that serves the benefit of the group it increases it's own
> prestige and status within the group.
> This doesn't answer your questions Andrew:
> ... just the first thing that came to my mind,
> Judy

Altruism is often the doing of that first knowing that comes to mind;-)
...and it is often a very gentle kind of 'just'.


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