Friday, September 08, 2006
Men suited for war
Here's an interesting research result:
In experiments with 300 university men and women students, Van Vugt and his team gave the volunteers small sums of money which they could either keep or invest in a common fund that would be doubled and equally divided. None of the students knew what the others were doing.I'm in the middle of reading "No more Christian Nice Guy" and this article is very relevant. Men and women are different. And it's no surprise that there are lots of war and war imagery in the Bible both Old and New Testament [Revelation is full of wars and rumors of wars]. And I like how the author points out that Jesus was feminized in the 19th century: a rather modern problem.
Both sexes cooperated in investing in the fund. But when the groups were told they were competing against other universities, the males were more eager to invest rather than keep their money while the number of women contributing remained the same.
[...] "Male co-operation is a double-edged sword," he added.
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