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A Cooperative Species by Herbert Gintis, Samuel Bowles

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Social Emotions

This is the gist of human psychology . . . what the hero does all feel that they ought to have done as well. The sophisms of the brain cannot resist the mutual aid feeling, because this feeling has been nurtured by thousands of years of human social life and hundreds of thousands of years of prehuman life in societies.

Pyotr Kropotkin, Mutual Aid ChapterVIII (1989[1903]) p. 277

Let’s not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it.

Vincent Van Gogh, Letter to his brotherTheo Letter 603 (July 6, 1889)

The heart has reasons that reason knows nothing about.

Blaise Pascal, Pensées Number277 (1995 [1670])

Social emotions—love, guilt, shame, and others—are responsible ...

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