Creating an experiment to prove or disprove the existence of true altruism
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Big-brother style TV show where serving as an experiment
- During the first month, everyone is just themselves (baseline).
- During the 2nd month, group A would be told that the person who acts the most selfishly for a month, wins the show.
- During the 3rd month, group A would be told that the person who acts the most selflessly for the next 30 days, wins.
- Group B does the selfless month first and selfish month last.