• Hierarchies

    PZ Myers discusses hierarchies. I see this as very relevant to the problem of income inequality. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=glJn1_VLBHs

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    Article by: Nicholas Covington

    I am an armchair philosopher with interests in Ethics, Epistemology (that's philosophy of knowledge), Philosophy of Religion, Politics and what I call "Optimal Lifestyle Habits."

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    1. “What does inequality do to our bodies and minds? A social psychologist and an epidemiologist discuss”. TED ideas. TED Conferences, LLC. 6 August 2014. @ https://ideas.ted.com/what-does-inequality-do-to-our-bodies-and-minds-a-social-psychologist-and-an-epidemiologist-discuss/

      In our own work, when we ask people to reflect on those things in their lives that they found the most meaningful, people rarely point to individual achievements and the things that they did to outperform and outcompete others. […] far more often, people refer to those episodes where they were embedded with a community, those experiences where they really connected with others, connected with loved ones, felt valued, trusting of others, felt like others were respecting of them, like they were actually reaching some deep connection with their social relationships.
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      [Per] chimps and bonobos, one, the chimp, is fairly hierarchical, and the bonobo much more egalitarian. The bonobos, I believe the females are smaller than the males, as often happens, but the females eat first, and their social structure is very different. I think it’s important to recognize, as humans, our culture determines how we behave. But our evolved psychology means there are particular aspects of our environment that we are sensitive to, and again and again it seems to me this issue of friendship and reciprocity versus dominance and the pursuit of self-interest.

      YouTube channel Veritasium (2015), “Evolutionarily Stable Strategies ft. Richard Dawkins” @ https://youtu.be/mUxt–mMjwA

      Cf. Evolutionarily stable strategy @ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolutionarily_stable_strategy

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