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2012-07-05 10:41:32

Establishing a central, costly authority can help to facilitate a stable coexistence Selfish behavior is a threat to successful coexistence and mutual cooperation. In many cases this human cooperation is based on punishing those who do not cooperate. There can be two different forms of punishment here: direct punishment by peers and institutionalized punishment by institutions like the police. Arne Traulsen, Torsten Röhl and Manfred Milinski from the Max Planck Institute for...

2012-04-18 21:50:34

The willingness of people to punish others who lie, cheat, steal or violate other social norms even when they weren´t harmed and don´t stand to benefit personally, is a distinctly human behavior. There is scant evidence that other animals, even other primates, behave in this “I punish you because you harmed him” fashion. Although this behavior — called third-party punishment — has long been institutionalized in human legal systems and economists have...

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2010-04-30 13:05:00

Humans are incredibly cooperative, but why do people cooperate and how is cooperation maintained? A new research study by UCLA anthropology professor Robert Boyd and his colleagues from the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico suggests cooperation in large groups is maintained by punishment. The finding challenges previous cooperation/punishment models that argue punishment is uncoordinated and unconditional. Boyd and his team report their research in the April 30 issue of the journal Science....

2010-03-19 10:16:10

Researchers have long been puzzled by large societies in which strangers routinely engage in voluntary acts of kindness, respect and mutual benefit even though there is often an individual cost involved. While evolutionary forces associated with kinship and reciprocity can explain such cooperative behavior among other primates, these forces do not easily explain similar behavior in large, unrelated groups, like those that most humans live in. A new study co-authored by University of...

2009-08-10 00:44:28

The punitive approach in U.S. prisons used on violent, angry criminals only provides a breeding ground for more anger and more violence, a researcher said. The current design of prison systems doesn't work, said criminal justice expert Joel Dvoskin of the University of Arizona and author of Applying Social Science to Reduce Violent Offending said in a statement. Prison environments are replete with aggressive behaviors, and people learn from watching others acting aggressively to get what...

2008-12-05 23:35:53

England's largest teachers' union says the suspension of a teacher who punished late-arriving pupils by making them do pushups was an overreaction. The Derby Moor Community College secondary school teacher, who was not identified, was suspended by head teacher Wendy Whelan pending an inquiry, after it was disclosed that 11- and 12-year-old students who came late to his class were punished in a variety of ways -- including being forced to do pushups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, and to tell jokes...

2008-08-10 15:00:38

The undersized, seventh-grade boy slumps in his chair, seething. His minimalist responses are grunts at worst, a mumbled phrase at best. Sometimes he responds merely by glaring into the eyes of the questioner. The adults sigh helplessly. The boy has been arrested for harassing and cyber-bullying a girl who used to be a good friend. When her parents caught him making a threatening phone call, they called the police. They're furious. His dad's pretty upset, too. He's done his best since...

2006-04-06 13:40:30

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - People's ideas of a happy, cooperative society in which no one gets punished fall apart as soon as a few freeloaders show up, researchers reported on Thursday. Although most volunteers in a study first chose to join a group that did not use punishment, most eventually left for a group that fined transgressors, the team at the University of Erfurt in Germany and the London School of Economics in Britain found....

2005-11-30 16:22:39

By Michael Conlon CHICAGO (Reuters) - One of the highest murder rates in the world, a tradition of frontier justice and unwavering faith in biblical retribution have helped keep the death penalty alive in the United States even as much of the modern world has rejected it, experts on the subject say. In the face of international scorn and a trend that has seen a record 105 countries halt capital punishment, America has continued to embrace it, accounting along with China, Iran and...


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