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Sympathy, kindness keys to human survival - UC Berkeley

Study contradicts common concept of survival of the fittest.

Sympathetic touch critical to human development, scientists sayAt a time of year when many cultures celebrate and focus on goodwill to fellow human beings, a University of California at Berkeley study shows that human evolution and survival depends on our more altruistic tendencies rather than the "survival of the fittest" perception of theories first put forth by Charles Darwin in the 1800s.

Scientists involved in the study say that because of our vulnerable offspring that require empathetic care, we are evolving into a species that has care and cooperation as a genetic reality. Stress and anxiety hormone levels are found to be significantly reduced with sympathetic touch not just in humans but in other mammals as well.

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Posted: December 23, 2009

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