Example sentences for: altruism

How can you use “altruism” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • If your altruism is imperfect, you can want your future self to throw a party (or to read a book or to forgo expensive medical care, or for that matter to save money or to quit smoking), even though you know your future self would prefer otherwise.

  • As we've also seen, these genes can be "fooled" into encouraging altruism toward non-kin, altruism that presumably is not self-serving at the genetic level.

  • In our species, the result of this evolutionary process seems to be a kin-directed altruism that is roughly proportional to the closeness of relatives.

  • Predictably, critics on the left denounced the war, arguing that the U.S. government's motives were suspect because we have often invaded small countries for selfish reasons and have failed to intervene in conflicts when altruism required it.

  • I won't even try to explain the fallacy here, except to say that a) It consists of assuming that kin selection would make altruism proportional to overall genetic relatedness--that is, the percentage of all your genes that you have in common with another organism; and b) This assumption has been memorably characterized as implying that humans should, in theory, be "nicer to mosquitos than to marigolds."


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