Posted: Apr 09, 2018 7:49 pm
by Macdoc
Empathy and sense of helping others is pretty well hardwired. Preverbal kids will pick up something an adult dropped.

Little Helpers
Think toddlers are simply self-centered whirling dervishes, capable only of making a mess, waiting to be cared for and picked up after? Think again.


A study recently published in Science suggests that preverbal toddlers as young as 18 months old understand when adults need their assistance and will do their best to help out, even for no reward. What’s more, the study found that some human-raised chimpanzees have similar altruistic tendencies. ... le_helpers

I think you are viewing empathy too narrowly and we have the mechanism in place

The Mirror Neuron Revolution: Explaining What Makes Humans Social ... ... n-revolut/
Marco Iacoboni, a neuroscientist at the University of California at Los Angeles, is best known for his work on mirror neurons, a small circuit of cells in the premotor cortex and inferior parietal cortex. What makes these cells so interesting is that they are activated both when we perform a certain action—such as smiling or ...

finding out when it was "defined" is rather a pointless task's part of human nature/biology.