Marx was wrong, according to some interesting new research. Workers in low-skilled, low paid employment don’t unite to protect their interests.
The belief that members of the “precariat”—the group of workers found in insecure, low-waged employment—are united against their bosses isn’t necessarily true.… [read more]
Why do some Westerners attack Muslim minorities and asylum seekers and why do some Muslims support and engage in terror against the West? Some fascinating new research suggests that the reasons for such extreme behavior might be the same in both groups.… [read more]
The science of ethics is something that I have long been fascinated in. That we have an innate drive to establish an ethical code is pretty well accepted—all human societies have one so it must be part of our basic DNA. … [read more]
I have mentioned many times in TR that humans don’t make decisions based on fact or reasoning—something which has now been validated by a vast number of studies. Rather we make decisions on the basis of emotion and the pursuit of relational safety.… [read more]
In a new study, researchers found support for the theory that redistribution is a function of compassion, self-interest, and envy—but not fairness.
What the researchers say: Economic redistribution has been a core political dispute around the world for centuries. And while intuitively fairness seems a natural explanation for why people support redistribution, the researchers found that fairness doesn’t really explain who supports redistribution or why.… [read more]
While many people consider themselves generally moral and honest, even the most upstanding citizens will likely become willing to lie, cheat and steal under certain circumstances, according to evidence from a new study in the Journal of Consumer Psychology.
What the researchers say: If consumers believe that a company is harmful in some way—to the environment or to people – then they feel justified participating in illegal activities, such as shoplifting, piracy or hacking, according to findings in the study.… [read more]
Most studies have shown that virtuous people are happier (and thus more productive). However a new study to be published in an upcoming edition of the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin shows that the issue may be a bit more complex than first thought.… [read more]
Social scientists have long assumed that most people are willing to cross ethical boundaries in order to amass wealth. However a study published today by researchers at UC Berkeley has challenged that assumption. In fact the reverse appears to be true.… [read more]
It’s been known for some time that altruism has health benefits and aids longevity. Now a study published today in JAMA Pediatrics shows that helping others begins improving heart function even at a relatively young age. Other research has also shown that altruism increases output.… [read more]
A fascinating study from Sweden was published today in the journal PLOS ONE. The researchers gave participants a survey to complete. They then, a little while later, reviewed their answers with them. In the meantime they had changed the questions so that the answers the participants gave were the very opposite of what they had originally intended.… [read more]