How Compassion Made Us Human

The Evolutionary Origins of Tenderness, Trust and Morality
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Original Publish Date: May 07, 2015
Product Number: EB00807213
Released: Feb 11, 2020
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781473860179
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books
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Description

Our capacity to care about the wellbeing of others, whether they are close family or strangers, can appear to be unimportant in today's competitive societies. However, in this volume Penny Spikins argues that compassion lies at the heart of what makes us human. She takes us on a journey from the earliest stone age societies two million years ago to the lives of Neanderthals in Ice Age Europe, using archaeological evidence to illustrate the central role that emotional connections had in human evolution. Simple acts of kindness left to us from millions of years ago provide evidence for how social emotions and morality evolved, and how our capacity to reach out beyond ourselves into the lives of others allowed us to work together for a common good, and form the basis for human success.

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