Friday, June 23, 2006

Why People Cooperate

Ronald Bailey examines three simple games on why people cooperate. An excerpt:

Look around you. If you're reading this, it means that you are embedded in a world-spanning network of cooperation. It’s embodied in the computer and the screen you’re using. It probably comes from somewhere in Asia and its parts were designed, manufactured, and assembled in factories employing thousands of people scattered across the globe. Its parts are made from minerals and plastics that likely come from all six inhabited continents. The electricity used to power your desktop or laptop streams in through a network of wires connecting you to a power plant again designed, manufactured, and fueled by thousands of people that you'll never meet.

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