"Altruism" coined by Comte in 1851
This comment is provided for the benefit of those
a) who didn't already know that and
b) hadn't already visited the Altruism link.
The kind of people, in fact, who don't tend to compulsively click on every damn link they see in an article. Preferring instead to read through it the first time and get an overall feel for the piece and then, selectively, go back for the links that look like they might be leading somewhere interesting.
The kind of people, lets face it, who will never read this footnote.
which raises the issue of the sad bastards
who will read this footnote.