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Study Finds Chimps, Bonobos Practice Reciprocal Gifting
2012-11-21 16:50:03

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If your mother was anything like mine, you learned early on that it is better to give than to receive. There is something seemingly inherent in our biology that gives us a certain amount of joy when bestowing gifts and favors upon those we love and care for. But what about more casual relationships, such as with the neighbor or co-worker? Do we offer favors and gifts to them out of mere philanthropy or are we expecting a quid...

2012-07-05 10:43:48

A study by researchers at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and Universidad de Zaragoza has determined that when deciding whether to cooperate with others, people do not act thinking in their own reward, as had been previously believed, but rather individuals are more influenced by their own mood at the time and by the number of individuals with whom they have cooperated before. In addition to previous studies, this research is also based on an experiment carried out by the 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...

2012-04-03 11:30:50

Researchers at Carlos III University of Madrid and the University of Zaragoza theoretically predict, in a scientific study, that contact networks have no influence on cooperation among individuals. For the past twenty years, there has been a great controversy regarding whether the structure of interactions among individuals (that is, if the existence of a certain contact network or social network) helps to foment cooperation among them in situations in which not cooperating brings benefits...

2011-03-03 17:14:00

NEW YORK, March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- They spent their teenage years living on the streets of New York City. Today, a group of formerly homeless adolescents is one step away from winning an Emmy for the gritty, critically-acclaimed documentary they produced about their own lives. "Invisible: the Diaries of New York's Homeless Youth" was created by - and inspired by - teens and young adults in The Reciprocity Foundation's program for homeless youth. The half hour "mini-doc" originally...

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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....


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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