What makes ordinary people do “good deeds” without expecting anything in return? Why do people give money to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts but far less to earthquake victims in Pakistan? Psychologist E. Scott Geller (Virginia Tech) talks about altruism or “active caring” and our sense of moral responsibility.

Also: Robert Vaughan (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities) offers a compelling personal story of one week that changed his life. Vaughan says, “Volunteering in Mexico was the hardest week of my life and it was the best week of my life.”

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