Why Revenge Makes Sense


This is probably useful for office politics and dealing with bullies.

Does revenge pay in the real world? Does the credible threat of punishment induce fear in the heart of potential exploiters and deter them from exploiting? The answer from the lab is yes….

  • the ability of an investor to punish a faithless trustee puts enough fear into the trustee to return a fair share of the appreciated investment.
  • When people are given the opportunity to punish free riders, people don’t free-ride.
  • Revenge can work as a deterrent only if the avenger has a reputation for being willing to avenge and a willingness to carry it out even when it is costly.

That helps explain why the urge for revenge can be so implacable, consuming, and sometimes self-defeating (as with pursuers of self-help justice who slay an unfaithful spouse or an insulting stranger). Continue reading

Definition of Mild Cognitive Impairment — By Mayo Clinic staff


Definition of Mild Cognitive Impairment — By Mayo Clinic staff

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is an intermediate stage between the expected cognitive decline of normal aging and the more pronounced decline of dementia. It involves problems with memory, language, thinking and judgment that are greater than typical age-related changes. If you have mild cognitive impairment, you may be aware that your memory or mental function has “slipped.” And your family and close friends may also notice a change. But generally these changes aren’t severe enough to interfere with your day-to-day life and usual activities.

Mild cognitive impairment increases your risk of later developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, especially when your main difficulty is with memory. But some people with mild cognitive impairment never get worse, and a few eventually get better. Continue reading

“Social dominance is a guy thing. It’s not surprising that men, the more dominance-obsessed gender, have stronger tribalist feelings than women, including racism, militarism, and comfort with inequality.”


“Surveys of personal values in men and women find that the men assign a lopsided value to professional status compared to all the other pleasures of life. They take greater risks, and they show more confidence and more overconfidence.”


Looks Like None of Us Control Our Behavior or Have Free Will


This should simplify the tasks of marketers.  Just trigger buying behavior without conscious decision making!  (excerpted from http://www.whyevolutionistrue.com)

Bottom Line — “one can predict the outcome of a decision up to seven seconds before the subject is conscious of having made a decision.”

Take Aways

  • “free will as the ability to make decisions independent of the laws of physics. “
  • “I believe that our actions and “decisions” are solely the results of the laws of physics and chemistry, and that such decisions are in principle incompatible with my definition of free will”

 “The No-Free-Will Experiment, Avec Video « Why Evolution Is True

I still don’t think that we can make real “choices” at any given moment; I feel that all of our choices are  predetermined by the laws of physics and chemistry, and I think that all the attempts to save the notion of free will via philosophical “compatibilism” are unconvincing.

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