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    meltingasphalt.comKevin Simler31 min
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    • jayvidya1 year ago

      Fascinating and written with great clarity. Really aligns with my experience of terrible leaders and great leaders at the various organizations I’ve worked with.

    • Plum
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      1 year ago

      “Admire those who would make good allies.“ A fascinating explanation of why this is our golden rule. So much of this essay helps to make sense of us humans.

    • jeff
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      1 year ago

      Super interesting read! I love this kind of evolutionary approach to behavior analysis. The Arabian babbler examples were especially fascinating.

      The alpha male, for example, may bring an insect and try to shove it down the beta's mouth. The beta, meanwhile, will often protest and refuse, even when he's hungry.

    • Ruchita_Ganurkar1 year ago


      Money, in this view, is a reified, tangible, industrial-strength form of prestige status. It's something we earn for doing valuable things for others, for example, and both money and status are processed in the same regions of the brain (for whatever that's worth). And the fact that money is staggeringly successful at facilitating cooperation testifies to prestige status's latent potential in this regard.

      The public knowledge that you possess assets that would allow you to help others if you wished to.