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Animals Know When They Are Being Treated Unfairly And They Don’t Like It

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 23:11
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– this post authored by Claudia Wascher, Anglia Ruskin University

Humans beings appear to be hardwired to have a sense of fairness. This is puzzling from an evolutionary perspective, which you would have thought would mean we were predisposed to seek advantage for ourselves and our families wherever possible. But in fact a sense of fairness is important for humans to be able to help each other. Human cooperation is based on reciprocal altruism – we help people because they’ve either helped us in the past or they may help us in the future.

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