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The punisher's brain : the evolution of judge and jury, Morris B. Hoffman

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The punisher's brain : the evolution of judge and jury
Title
The punisher's brain
Title remainder
the evolution of judge and jury
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Morris B. Hoffman
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Language
eng
Summary
"Evolution built us to punish cheaters. Without that punishment instinct, we would never have been able to live in small groups, and would never have realized all the significant benefits that small-group living conferred, including mutual defense, cooperative hunting, property, divisions of labor and economies of scale. In fact, to a large extent our notions of right and wrong, of empathy and compassion, of fairness and justice, all come from the tensions of group living, and thus indirectly owe their very existence to punishment. It may sound strange that one key to civilization is our willingness to punish each other, but every parent knows it's true. Every parent also feels the irresistible pull not to punish too much, and in fact maybe not to punish at all - to forgive - and this, too, is a remnant of evolution. Our punishment instinct is not so much a sword ready to fall as it is a finely tuned balance, sometimes susceptible to the gentlest of breezes"--
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1952-
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Hoffman, Morris B.
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Cambridge studies in economics, choice, and society
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  • Punishment
  • Human evolution
  • Social evolution
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The punisher's brain : the evolution of judge and jury, Morris B. Hoffman
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 359 pages
Isbn
9781107038066
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013037018
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
40023576961
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(OCoLC)859168572
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The punisher's brain : the evolution of judge and jury, Morris B. Hoffman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 359 pages
Isbn
9781107038066
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013037018
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
40023576961
System control number
(OCoLC)859168572

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