Originally Posted by Brock
That's idiotic. Congressional Medal of Honor winners alone blow your argument out of the water. Most of them did something so selfless the award was posthumous.
It is a theory, psychological egoism, and if true then there would be no altruistic acts because they would not exist. Among those chief complaints would be the examples of a hero selflessly falling on a bomb, mother giving the last bit of food to her child, etc. Psychological egoists describe that in terms of expected benefits or avoiding harm. The ones that they use to counter selfless acts is that they are avoiding the bad affect of guilt by performing these actions.