It is an age-old argument – are humans naturally pure or evil at baseline? There appears to be legitimate research being completed by Neuroscientists at the National Institutes of Health that suggest that the answer leans towards purity. Maybe humans truly are good by nature?
Fully into the holiday season, giving is something that is on many of our minds. Gift giving and other forms of donating time or money provide the giver with a warm and fuzzy positive feeling. But why?
Jorge Moll, Neuroscientist in Brazil and Internationally, is a senior researcher and educator who works with National Institutes of Health, the International Neuroethics Committee, as well as the Organization for Human Brain Mapping. Moll has been involved in some very compelling research that helps us explain why humans obtain that warm and fuzzy feeling when giving. The University of California Berkeley published information presenting that “…Jorge Moll and colleagues at the National Institutes of Health found that when people give to charities, it activates regions of the brain associated with pleasure, social connection, and trust, creating a “warm glow” effect.” Furthermore, “Scientists also believe that altruistic behavior releases endorphins in the brain, producing the positive feeling known as the “helper’s high,”
When speaking about their 2006 research Moll explains that “It helps convince people that doing good can make them feel good; altruism, therefore, doesn’t need to be only sacrificed.” Taking this information into consideration it really seems that humans are good by nature (IDOR). It appears to be hard-wired into our biological make-up, by evolutionary chemical reinforcement, to be good and to do good.
All in all, it is very exciting to see research-based information being released by Neuroscientists like Moll who are internationally recognized that prove, rather than simply suggest, that the answer to the good vs. evil argument points to good winning over after all.
More about Jorge Moll at https://ideamensch.com/jorge-moll/