While describing theories of evolution, no one ever brought up the impact of generosity and kindness. But recently scientists have found out that being generous has been ingrained in our brains through the millennia of surviving as a group.
The study conducted by examined the age-old dilemma which is called Prisoner’s Dilemma. It involves two prisoners who are being interrogated separately. If both deny the charges being implicated, they serve a very short sentence in the prison. If they both confess, they face a longer prison sentence. However, if one of them confesses and the other denies, the confessor is free to walk away while the other prisoner is given a very harsh sentence.
Alexander Stewart and Joshua Plotkin from University of Pennsylvania put to gamers to test on this theory. They studied the reactions of those playing a gamified version of the dilemma. With the help of complex mathematical calculations, they concluded that extortions, threats and other strategies didn’t work as well as being generous.
“You might think being generous would be a stupid thing to do, and it is if there are only two players in the game. But, if there are many players and they all play generously, they all benefit from each other’s generosity,” said Stewart while speaking about the results.
“It’s a natural question that anyone with a conscious might wonder about,” said Plotkin when asked about studying the implicit goodness of people. “There is a compelling explanation, even in this abstract scenario, for how generosity arises—and this should really resonate with people,” he added.
Human race has survived for several thousand years by helping one another. Carry on the tradition, and help people as you go along your life. Want a place to start? At Crowdera, you can find many people who are waiting for some kindness and generosity from others.