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New Study Highlights Scientific Rejection of Human Nature Corruption Theory

By JG Vibes
October 4, 2012

A new study published last month in Nature Journal suggests that Humans are naturally good.

This study adds to the mounting evidence against the popular misconception that corruption is a trait of human nature.

In ten experiments using economic games, scientists observed that faster decisions result in more cooperation and generosity, while slower, calculated decisions show a decrease in cooperation and generosity.

The conclusion is that the automatic reaction is to be friendly, generous and cooperative, and only upon further consideration do humans become greedy or violent.

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"The conclusion is that the automatic reaction is to be friendly, generous and cooperative, and only upon further consideration do humans become greedy or violent."

I am betting this study did not include two year olds.

Hmmm, what the study shows is

Hmmm, what the study shows is that humans who have been through a process of nuture that recognises the good of co-operative behaviour, react in such a fashion. Nothing new there, and of course even ardent humanists like Gene Roddenberry used to wax lyrical on the bad side of human nature, which we could overcome if we want to. However, the analysis breaks down in the fact that people operate within boundaries, such as families, clans, tribes, nations, castes, ethnicities, religions, interests (like football), and that that is often the trigger for unco-operative and violent behaviour. Remember Abu Ghraib.

An of course, one has to define 'human nature' before you can perform experiments on it, and localise it from influences, such as co-operative social behaviour. Psycopaths might be good guinea pigs.

From the article:
We are only capable of what we can imagine, and if all we can imagine is violence, submission, and domination, then that’s all were ever going to get.

When someone writes like this, and runs a radio station called Voluntary Hippie Radio, you can sense they have a light grip on objectivity.

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I think this might boil down

I think this might boil down to chemical releases in our body in decision making. I'm not a biologist but paying dues to the old term, "A bored mind is a dangerous one" rings a bell when passing judgement if man is generally good or bad. People who are driven to always be busy or working towards some goal have less time to lust after someone elses possessions or build envy or hate. The more he works toward building his own private property the happier he can potentially become because he has accomplished something of his own merits.
I think we are slowly moving away from this lifestyle the more convenient our life's become as machines do more manual work for us.

(I think the idea of a self driven car is ludicrous because driving is an awesome experience where you are in control of a high speed hunk of metal)

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