Friday, March 19, 2010

Evolution of Fairness Driven by Culture, Not Genes

Evolution of Fairness Driven by Culture, Not Genes | Wired Science | Wired.com: "When people lived in larger communities, and participated more in markets and religion, they were more willing to share, and more willing to punish selfishness."

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  1. "Larger communities..." Maybe, to a point. I think when communities get TOO large, they actually lead to alienation and a breakdown of civility.

    I'm not saying diversity is the problem, though. Bigness. I think there's an optimum size for human institutions, and beyond that lies madness. And I think too many of our institutions are way too big.

    I'd be happy to be proved wrong.

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  2. DSD- Indianapolis has a population density of 837 people per square kilometer. Paris has a population density of 24,448/km2... and I found it a perfectly lovely place.

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  3. Well, that's really stacking the deck, Joel :-) I've been to both, and you're right, there is no comparison.

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