Book cover of The Kindness of Strangers: How a Selfish Ape Invented a New Moral Code by Michael E. McCullough
Anthropology

The Kindness of Strangers: How a Selfish Ape Invented a New Moral Code

A sweeping psychological history of human goodness — from the foundations of evolution to the modern political and social challenges humanity is now facing.
How did humans, a species of self-centered apes, come to care about others? Since Darwin, scientists have tried to answer this question using evolutionary theory. In┬áThe Kindness of Strangers, psychologist Michael E. McCullough shows why they have failed and offers a new explanation instead. From the moment nomadic humans first settled down until the aftermath of the Second World War, our species has confronted repeated crises that we could only survive by changing our behavior. […Learn More]