extreme altruism

i can tell you right now, i don’t have half the number of whatever type of altruism genes this girl has (i still have both my kidneys). if anything, i’d guess i have more “sib altruism” genes than anything else:

“South Florida woman receives kidney transplant from stranger after posting ad on Craigslist”

“A search that began on Craigslist.org has led Selina Hodge to a Miami operating room.

“Hodge, 28, posted a plea online in July, looking for someone — anyone — to donate a kidney.

“‘That’s when I turned to Craigslist, because I didn’t know where else to turn to,’ Hodge said, adding that the first few responses arrived this summer.

“Hodge received more than 800 responses from around the world — one of which came from a woman who lives just miles away from her Palm Beach Gardens home.

“‘It just amazes me that somebody would actually lay down their life for a complete stranger,” said Gina Evans, Hodge’s mother.

Stephanie Grant, 23, was the person who saw Hodge’s story on the news and decided to step in to help….”

if you stop and think about it for a minute, it really is very, very extraordinary — to give a stranger — a person to whom stephanie’s probably not related — an organ? that’s some serious altruism genes at play there. i am impressed.

and 800 responses? who are all these people?! so many altruists in the world! just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, doesn’t it? (^_^)

i’m pretty sure i’d give a family member a kidney if they needed it — maybe even a very good friend — but not a stranger. they can have my organs when i’m dead, but until then, i need them. (~_^)

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jiminy cricket!

world’s biggest bug — all 71 grams (2.5 ounces) of him, pardon me, her(!) — luuuuvs carrots (and small babies, presumably). he’s she’s so cute! (^_^)

see also: Meet the world’s heaviest insect, which weighs three times more than a mouse… and eats carrots in the daily mail — and Dr. Bugs, website of mark moffett, the guy who found this giant weta in new zealand.

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best two sentences from steve sailer…

eveh. (or, at least, this week!):

“The true White Man’s Burden turns out to be his intellectual distaste for reality, his need to believe in universal principles, even (or especially) when they are conspicuously counterfactual. The more disastrous your ideals, the more pure your heart must be and the more evil your doubters.”

yeah. what is with us? dudes!

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