The Fairness Instinct: The Robin Hood Mentality and Our Biological Nature

The Fairness Instinct: The Robin Hood Mentality and Our Biological Nature


Combining study from the social sciences, difficult sciences, and the arts, this obtainable cross-disciplinary publication bargains attention-grabbing insights right into a key element of human nature and society.
 

    What do the Arab Spring, the Robin Hood legend, Occupy Wall road, and the yankee taxpayer response to the $182 billion bailout of AIG have in universal? All are rooted in a deeply ingrained experience of fairness. But the place does this common intuition come from? this is often the riding query on the middle of L. Sun’s The equity Instinct.
 
Thinkers from Aristotle to Kant, from Augustine to John Rawls, and religions from Christianity to Confucianism, have provided nice perception into the character and origins of this easy human wish for equity. in keeping with the newest clinical discoveries in behavioral genetics, neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, economics, and evolution, solar argues that the origins of the equity intuition can't be discovered completely within the philosophical, social, and political views to which we so frequently flip; really, they are often traced to anything a lot deeper in our organic make-up. Taking as his place to begin Frans De Waal’s seminal examine displaying that Capuchin monkeys insurrection once they are shortchanged by way of receiving a much less useful gift than their friends obtain for a similar activity, sunlight synthesizes quite a lot of learn to discover the organic roots of the equity intuition. He indicates that equity is far greater than an ethical price or ideological build; equity is in our DNA.
 
Combining medical rigor with available and reader-friendly language to narrate attention-grabbing tales of animal and human habit, The equity Instinct lays out an evolutionary roadmap for a way equity emerges and prospers less than typical choice and the way strong engines—social dwelling and social hierarchy—have fueled the evolution of this tricky and effective intuition in we all. Probing into the causes that underlie such phenomena as envy, consumerism, anti-intellectualism, revenge, revolution, terrorism, marriage, democracy, and faith, solar showcases the ability of the equity intuition to make our heritage, form our society, and rule our social lives.

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