SouthTexGopher wrote: Beauner wrote:
SouthTexGopher wrote:I don't believe in altruism. I really don't think it exists. Even when you do an act of kindness without a "reward," you're getting the satisfaction of doing that act.
We actually talked about this topic in my Positive Psychology class. I can't remember exactly what the researchers found, but they did find that altruism does exist. I can't remember the exact reasoning they had, but I think I still have the research if you really want me to go look for it.
That's OK...the same theory and confirmation was advanced during my own classes at the U of M many years ago. I just agreed to disagree with my professors. For what it's worth, I also don't believe in bipolar disorder or "not guilty by reason of insanity." For the former, I think we're all bipolar to some extent, it's the degree of swing between highs and lows that makes the condition an issue.
For the latter, I think you have to be slightly nuts to commit any murder...and being not guilty by reason of insanity is simply a weak defense. I invite the GPL legal community to now crush me on that topic.
Because of the severity of the swings, the disorder exists. There are many other "requirements" that need to be met, but not really worth discussing because you are not questioning those. When you are having a "manic episode", do you leave your wife, immediately get on a plane to the Bahamas, snort cocaine while you are there, and have unprotected
with multiple women? If your answer is "no" and you have never done anything even remotely similar to the recklessness of what I just described (although I am sure some of you married men might think of doing this when you and the wife are having an argument
) , then you are likely not experiencing what qualifies as a manic episode. There are two types of Bipolar disorder (I and II), but in the interest of not boring the crap out of most of you, I will not go into detail what distinguishes the two.
As for altruism, I too go back and forth as to whether it exists or not. I have read research that supports both sides of the ledger. I tend to lean towards altruism existing, but again, a long and drawn out explanation will merely bring
from most of you.