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The Benefits of Wealth Inequality (and Why We Should Not Fear It)

Whether they are creating jobs or cooperation, new research backs up a positive role for the well-off—up to a point.

 

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Can We Make a Rationed World a Rational World?

In his new book Stan Cox argues that rationing—whether for food, water, energy, or medical care—will be the only logical way to combine sustainability and fairness.

 

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Are We Born With a Sense of Fairness?

Does fairness come standard with every newborn, or is it something that we (hopefully) develop as we mature? Here’s a multimedia attempt to answer that question.

 

Unequal or Unfair: Which Is Worse?

 

Seeing Fairness Evolve

Our multimedia presentation on the evolution of fairness continues with an explanation of how those with more convince those with less that their culture remains fair.

 

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The Evolution of Fairness

A multimedia investigation asks: Can examining how inequality began in a hunter-gatherer society teach us how to fairly share the costs and consequences of how we use diminishing natural resources?

 

Missing the Gain But Joining the Pain

Since the First World already mucked up the climate, animal nature dictates that developing economies are piqued at having to clean up.

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Psychologists find that parties to a conflict think they're motivated by love while their enemies are motivated by hate.

How to Water a Farm in Sandy Ground

Physicists investigate how to grow food more efficiently in fine-grained soil.

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