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Mathematics and faith explain altruism

The work of the Harvard mathematician and biologist Martin Nowak, who is a Catholic, proposes a partnership between science and religion. The work of the Harvard mathematician and biologist Martin Nowak, who is a Catholic, proposes a partnership between science and religion. (Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff)
By Rich Barlow
September 27, 2008

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If evolution is all about survival of the fittest, then why have humans evolved a sense of altruism and cooperation? The seeming contradiction has engaged theologians, scientists, and even comic book writers (think the Incredible Hulk) who've probed human duality and how its good half sometimes empowers selflessness to override self-interest (Full article: 816 words)

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