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Prisoners' Dilemma

'Envious' May Just Be The Most Common Personality Type

The Huffington Post | Bahar Gholipour | Posted 09.15.2016 | Science

Are you one of those jealous people constantly comparing your life to that of Kim Kardashian or your friend with the great vacation pictures on Facebo...

The Kind Mathematics of Selfish Love

Jess Carson | Posted 01.18.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Jess Carson

Find more at Thank you to my friend Ophelia for letting me tell her story. My love for her is underscored by the fact she requested...

Buy You a Beer?

Frank H. Wu | Posted 02.06.2015 | Education
Frank H. Wu

Evolutionary psychologists ponder altruism. They wonder why anybody behaves in a manner that appears less than self-interested. They speculate that charity is a charade; it is not benevolent but serves another purpose.

The Evolution of Lying

Rob Brooks | Posted 07.16.2013 | Science
Rob Brooks

Rather than simply cheating -- trying to gain from another's cooperative behaviour without behaving cooperatively yourself -- lying adds another way of operating. By misleading the other individual, one can trick that individual into cooperating.

Do Men And Women Cooperate Differently?

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

If you are trying to create an environment in which people are going to cooperate, you are probably better off fostering an environment of team unity and trust than you are focusing on the gender balance of the group.

'Empathic Civilization': When Money No Longer Buys Happiness

Richard Layard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Richard Layard

Competition is lonely. Within organisations it may or may not increase productivity, but it does not increase happiness. To extol it is to make a fundamental misjudgment about human nature.

Trapped In Prisoner's Dilemma, More Stimulus Is The Way Out

David Segal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Segal

The stimulus' oft-cited $787 billion figure includes nearly $300 billion in tax cuts, meaning that it represents a split between conservative and interventionist economic philosophy.

I Am Not Paying Higher Taxes to Help the Uninsured

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

No social program -- Medicare, social security, rent control, public universities -- that aims to help the poor can ever succeed without appealing to, and paying off, a broad middle class.