On 7 November 2013 14:39, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote:

> There's a continuum of behavior which at the extreme absence of empathy we
> call psychopathy or sociopathy.  But that doesn't mean more empathy is
> better.  Sometimes it's good to be hard hearted.  Should we have been nicer
> to the Neanderthals?
> We'll never know. But we do know we evolved to cope with a world that is
very far removed from the one we have. Is there any reason to believe
evolution got everything right? We've already made changes to other aspects
of our being, both physically and psychologically. But certain aspects of
our behaviour still seem to be stuck in a distant past when life was almost
always nasty, brutish and short.

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