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December 02, 2015
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What Makes People Become Extreme Do-Gooders?

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In Strangers Drowning, Larissa MacFarquhar examines extraordinary people who commit their lives to doing everything they can to help strangers, even if it means sacrificing a kidney or working in a war zone.

Larissa MacFarquhar borrowed the title of her new book, Strangers Drowning: Grappling with Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge to Help, from a famous thought experiment first proposed by the Australian ethicist Peter...

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