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The Neuroscience of Fair Play: Why We (Usually) Follow the Golden Rule

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We remember the admonition of our mothers: “Treat others as you want them to treat you.” But what if being nice was something we were inclined by nature to do anyway? Renowned neuroscientist Donald Pfaff upends our entire understanding of ethics and social contracts with an intriguing proposition: the Golden Rule is hardwired into the human brain.


Pfaff, the researcher who
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Hardcover, 300 pages
Published December 15th 2007 by Dana Press
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Jozsef
Nov 29, 2016 Jozsef rated it it was ok
Contains a lot of conclusions to studies, but the "golden rule" doesn't really resonate in it. Good general read about neuroscience though a bit dated now.
Nick Huntington-Klein
Nov 15, 2013 Nick Huntington-Klein rated it liked it
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Pfaff attempts to explain the phenomenon of the golden rule using lossy information processing and neurological processes. An interesting theory! And one well worth, at least, considering.

The downsides: given the presumed target audience he could have benefited by slowing down and explaining the neurobiology of it all in simpler terms, or provided a glossary. As for me the names of the different hormones and the functions of the different brain areas were a bit in one ear and out the other, maki
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Aug 03, 2015 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The theories seem OK for as far as they go, but seem a little simplistic to me. Having worked with TBI patients for some years, and jail populations for a similar time, the premise of addressing only theoretically undamaged subjects while seeming to be a proponent of chemical applications for all just doesn't sit very well. Still, it is certainly an interesting piece, and surely on many course reading lists.
Narrator Jack is very good at performing course material. His narration is given at a pac
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Terri
Jul 26, 2015 Terri rated it really liked it
I received this audio book as a gift in exchange for a honest and unbiased review. There is tons of information in this book. I had no idea of how deep the conscience goes or how the brain triggers hormones. I was surprised by some of the test results too. This book explains how the brain is wired and how we know that, along with how are behavior is due to our wiring.

The author, Donald W Pfaff, Ph. D. did a good job researching all this information and writing this book. It is very detailed. Th
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