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Why Should I Be Nice?

In a YouTube video, Hannah Fry speaks in her delightful British accent for Brit Lab to explain the science behind why altruism wins out in the end. She addresses the famous prisoner’s dilemma, finding that whenever a tit-for-tat strategy is used, (“You did this to me, so I’m doing it back to you.”) the best long-term payoff is to cooperate. Nature reflects the benefits of cooperation. For instance, solitary animals like lions still tend to hunt in packs, and when animals like birds live dispersed from one another, they do in such a way where resources are adequately shared. Basically, whether human or animal, being nice is the best strategy to make it through the night. You can view the full video here:

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