Tagged: altruism

Why it can make sense to believe in the kindness of strangers - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 07, 2018

Kristin Brethel-Haurwitz, University of Pennsylvania This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Would you risk your life for a total stranger? While you might consider yourself incapable of acts of altruism on that scale, it happens again and again. During hurricanes and mass shootings, some people go to great … Read More

Whale of a problem: why do humpbacks protect other species? - Guest Work

Guest Author Aug 17, 2016

By Tracey Rogers, UNSW Australia A group of killer whales are on the hunt. They work together to submerge and drown a whale calf. But then more whales appear. The newly arrived humpbacks bellow a trumpet-like call, and wield their five-metre-long pectoral flippers like swords against the prowling killer whales. The killer whales are driven away from the … Read More

Microeconomist Club has rules - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Mar 04, 2013

First rule of Microeconomist Club: commit yourself to methodological individualism and respect the world's rich diversity of utility functions. Consider that others' actions may be inspired by the optimisation of a utility function the likes of which is beyond your ken. Second rule of Microeconomist Club: cast into the outer darkness those doing violence to the first rule. Read More