10 April 2017 — The Science of Altruism


Effective July 1, 2016, by new Rotary International rule, Clubs must meet a minimum of twice each month, regardless of format (in person or online) or date/time. Accordingly, our Club has adopted a policy of two meetings per month, on a mid-month Monday at noon and the usual Fourth Sunday in-person meeting. If time and topic call for additional online Programs, we will be pleased to provide them.


SUNDAY, APRIL 23 — 12:30 pm to 2:00 pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for April! Special guest speaker: Diana Sanchez, on the topic of the LAMP project for the modernization of LAX. LOCATION: Denny’s Sherman Oaks, corner of Burbank and Sepulveda Boulevards. Board Meeting expected to happen this month, 11:15 a.m. before the main meeting.









In general, Rotarians tend to be “giving” people.  That’s the point of a Rotary Club: not to be in a Club, but to do good in the world as part of a team.  On the sliding scale you’ll learn about in this TED Talk, we’re hope to be well off to the good side.  Just the same, is there science behind why some people tend to be more giving than others…sometimes even to an extreme?


If the embedded video does not work, please click here to view it on its TED Talk page.



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3 responses to 10 April 2017 — The Science of Altruism

  1. Wow. Loved this presentation. Thanks!

  2. Thank you for posting this TED Talk. As situations across the globe arise that cause us pause, it is important to realize the impact we can have on one another in a positive and beneficial way.

  3. That talk was especially interesting to me, because I was the beneficiary of a very altruistic young man who donated stem cells to me five years ago for a bone marrow transplant. He was half a world away and only knew that he was a genetic match for someone somewhere else who was in desperate need of his cells. I don’t know whether he had a larger amygdala than normal as the speaker suggests or whether he had come from a culture that instilled altruism in him. Whatever the reason I am here today because of it.

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