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The Fair Society: The Science of Human Nature and the Pursuit of Social Justice

We’ve been told, again and again, that life is unfair. But what if we’re wrong simply to resign ourselves to this situation? What if we have the power—and more, the duty—to change society for the better? We do. And our very … Continue reading

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Talking with Kids about Fairness – Encourage your child’s sense of fair play.

In societies around the world, fairness is one of the most fundamental moral values. A number of recent research studies make it clear that children begin thinking about fairness early in life. Three-year-olds sometimes take actions to remedy unfair distribution … Continue reading

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The evolutionary origins of human fairness

Humans care about fairness and are ready to suffer financial losses for the sake of it. The existence of such costly preferences for fairness constitutes an evolutionary puzzle. Recently, some authors have argued that human fairness can be understood as a psychological adaptation … Continue reading

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The Fairness Instinct: The Robin Hood Mentality and Our Biological Nature

Thinkers from Aristotle to Kant, from Augustine to John Rawls, and religions from Christianity to Confucianism, have offered great insight into the nature and origins of this basic human desire for fairness. Based on the most recent scientific discoveries in … Continue reading

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Human sense of fairness evolved to favor long-term cooperation

The human response to unfairness evolved in order to support long-term cooperation, according to a research team from Georgia State University and Emory University. Fairness is a social ideal that cannot be measured, so to understand the evolution of fairness … Continue reading

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The developmental foundations of human fairness

New behavioral and neuroscientific evidence on the development of fairness behaviors demonstrates that the signatures of human fairness can be traced into childhood. Children make sacrifices for fairness (1) when they have less than others, (2) when others have been unfair and … Continue reading

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