Are Humans Innately Good?

January 29, 2012
(was 01.16.2011)

Are humans innately good? Do we have a generosity gene? Is there an inherent desire to help our fellow human beings? Or, are we natural born sinners who have to fight, tooth and nail, to conquer our inherent tendencies towards selfishness, destruction and war. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, are we good…. or – not?

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