Kevin Simler



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The Elephant in the Brain

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“do well to turn Matthew 7:1 on its head: “Judge freely, and accept that you too will be judged.”
Kevin Simler, The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life

“The takeaway from all these observations is that our species seems, somehow, to derive more benefit from speaking than from listening.”
Kevin Simler, The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life

“When we notice someone suffering and immediately decide to help them, it “says” to our associates, “See how easily I’m moved to help others? When people near me are suffering, I can’t help wanting to make their situation better; it’s just who I am.” This is a profoundly useful trait to advertise; it means you’ll make a great ally. The more time other people spend around you, the more they’ll get to partake of your spontaneous good will. It’s this function of charity that accounts for a lot of the puzzles we discussed earlier. For one, it explains why we donate so opportunistically. Most donors don’t sketch out a giving strategy and follow through as though it were a business plan.”
Kevin Simler, The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life

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