George Price and Altruism

During the 1960s, scientist George Price came up with a mathematical formula to explain the evolution of altruism. This equation has been described as "the closest thing biology has to E=mc2."

Legend has it that Price subsequently became obsessed by proving that altruism was a genuine phenomenon, extending beyond family relations. He did this by giving away all his possessions to random, needy people — to the point that he himself became penniless, was evicted from his apartment, and after living in various squats throughout London, eventually committed suicide.

That's the legend, but Laura Farnworth discovered that, while the story is basically true, there's slightly more to it than that. Such as that Price was also suffering from psychotic delusions. Read more at

George Price

     Posted By: Alex - Tue Jul 23, 2019
     Category: Eccentrics | Mad Scientists, Evil Geniuses, Insane Villains | 1960s

This man's life arc reminded me of the story of Joe Gould. Mr. Gould was the title character in a movie titled "Joe Gould's Secret".

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Posted by agent j on 07/24/19 at 10:32 AM
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