Latest Punishment Stories
Selfish behavior is a threat to successful coexistence and mutual cooperation.
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.
Humans are incredibly cooperative, but why do people cooperate and how is cooperation maintained?
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.
The punitive approach in U.S.
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...
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.
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.
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.
- A serpent whose bite was fabled to produce intense thirst.