Scientists Locate Region Of Brain That Causes Selfishness

The question is, could we create a utopia by all having our basolateral amygdalas surgically removed? Via Science News:

People with damage to a specific part of the brain entrusted unexpectedly large amounts of money to complete strangers. In an investment game played in the lab, three women with damage to a small part of the brain called the basolateral amygdala handed over nearly twice as much money as healthy people.

These women didn’t expect to make a bunch of money back, an international team of researchers reports online the week of January 21 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Nor did they think the person they invested with was particularly trustworthy. When asked why they would invest so generously, the volunteers couldn’t provide an answer.

The results suggest that normally, the basolateral amygdala enables selfishness — putting the squeeze on generosity.

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7 Responses to Scientists Locate Region Of Brain That Causes Selfishness

  1. Mike Lewinski January 29, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    Why don’t we tentatively think of it as “the region of the brain that makes trust evaluations”, rather than the region that causes selfishness.

    There’s good reason to trust people who have proven themselves worthy of it, and to distrust people who have proven themselves unworthy of trust. I don’t think we’d create a utopia through the proposed surgery, but I do think that the basis of civilization might be impaired (which depending on your ideology is either a feature or a bug).

  2. Sia Abderezai January 29, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    No we couldn’t create a Utopia by mass lobotomizing people. Are you fucking retarded or something dude? Better be a bad case of *sarcasm hands* there.

  3. Andrew January 29, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

    A balance between selfishness and altruism is what’s needed.

  4. Adam Goodwin January 29, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    Or you could just cut off balls.

  5. Haystack January 29, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    No, the question is “Is it as delicious as the rest of the brain?” Um-num-num…

  6. BuzzCoastin January 29, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    interesting take on the results
    it looks like a damaged basolateral amygdala
    makes you a stupid investor, not generous

    in real life
    the Lab is the whirled, the researchers are banksters &
    it’s the sheeple that have damaged basolateral amygdalas
    and not a lick of sense

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