What Makes a Hero?

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Heroes Who Break the Mold

Charles Ramsey could hardly have predicted the online juggernaut he set into motion last week when he gave a Cleveland TV station an off-the-cuff interview. “I barbecue with this dude. We eat ribs and whatnot and listen to salsa music,” he said after helping rescue three women from captivity in his neighbor's house. Read More

Good post. The people

Good post. The people digging up the dirt on the momentary hero should spend some time looking at their own pasts. Sitting on your arse poking at google isn't that heroic, either. Heroes aren't needed ALL the time, only in certain particular moments. Rise to the occasion or get out of the way.

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Elizabeth Svoboda is a science writer living in San Jose, CA. Her first book, What Makes a Hero?: The Surprising Science of Selflessness, comes out in September.

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