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
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.”
- “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.