The Evolution of Altruism and Social Intelligence

March 6, 2012

What can the decision making skills of monkeys tell us about our own tendencies? How do chimps and human toddlers decide when and how to help others? Just how "smart" and "nice" are our closest relatives? And how did their evolution impact human development?

In celebration of Darwin Day, the Center for Inquiry-New York City and New York City Skeptics on Feb. 12, 2012, explored these and related questions with a panel discussion featuring prominent psychologists Laurie Santos, director of the Comparative Cognition Laboratory at Yale University, and Felix Warneken, Department of Psychology at Harvard University. Drs. Santos and Warneken joined Massimo Pigliucci, philosopher at the City University of New York, for a discussion about altruism, decision making, and the evolution of human cognition.

Full video of this event is now available on CFI's YouTube page.

Click here to watch.