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Is there a truly altruistic act?
I think you can't find anything that you'd get nothing from doing.
asked in psychology

wumpus answers:

Whenever one person gives up their life for another.

What does the person making the sacrifice gain?

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sheps101 answers:

Pure altruism is giving without regard to reward or the benefits of recognition, and I would imagine any half descent person will do this countless times in their lives.

There are many examples of where someone my give with out regard to reward, or benefit but I would imagine all examples could also be done for other reasons too, it really depends on the type of person you are.

Supplement from 10/30/2008 03:59pm:

Friendship in my opinion is a good example of an altruistic act, because if you only give the gift of friendship in order to receive something back you are no true friend.

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Leohuberh answers:

What Is Altruism?
Loving others as oneself. Behaviour that promotes the survival chances of others at a cost to ones own. Self-sacrifice for the benefit of others.
There is a robin raising her young just outside my window. I know because every time we let the cats out, she becomes very agitated, hopping from perch to perch, chattering loudly, presumably as she tries to distract the cats away from the nest.
Evolutionary psychology would suggest that this is altruism in action. The robin is prepared to put her own life at risk for the sake of her young. From the point of view of her genes, as it were, it is better that she die and the chicks live, for then the genes will be expressed in another generation. But it is not limited by those bonds, the fireman risking his life for complete strangers, and so on.


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