Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and by Craig Childs

By Craig Childs

To whom does the earlier belong? Is the archeologist who discovers a misplaced tomb a kind of hero—or a villain? If a person steals a relic from a museum and returns it to the spoil it got here from, is she a thief?

Written in his trademark lyrical sort, Craig Childs's riveting new ebook is a ghost story—an extreme, impassioned research into the character of the earlier and the issues we go away at the back of. We stopover at lonesome wilderness canyons and fancy 5th road artwork galleries, trip through the Americas, Asia, the prior and the current. the result's a super booklet approximately guy and nature, remnants and reminiscence, a rushing story of crime and detection.

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Knowing that the recipient of our gift is the American Red Cross increases the pleasure of giving because we assume that the gift will be valuable to those who receive it. Conversely, the perception of eyes or the activation of God-related concepts elicits the displeasure associated with being sanctioned or disapproved of, which arguably inhibits egoistic decision making. Framing also allows experimenters to highlight the expectations specific to particular groups or cultures. The most impressive attempt to take cultural diversity into account in experimental economics is that of Joseph Henrich and his colleagues (2001, 2004, 2005).

One well-known example is the use of deterrent fees in public health care systems. When people have to pay even a symbolic amount of money for receiving health care, they can begin to view it just like any other service and increase their consumption instead of decreasing it. A policy designed to reduce consumption can then produce the opposite effect by destroying the spontaneous motivations that people have not to abuse the public good. Although envy and cooperation certainly play a role in explaining punishment, it seems impossible to explain third-party punishment and response to punishment without taking into account fairness assessments.

By this I mean that that the decision to punish is often prompted not by the belief that someone has been unfair, but by the belief that she has been unexpectedly unfair. My argument is based on a series of experiments with the “power-totake game” that were designed by van Winden, Reuben, and Bosman (reviewed by van Winden 2007). In this game, two players are given an initial sum of money (5 MUs). One subject, the proposer, has the power to take a part of the money given to the other. In a second turn, the responder has the possibility of destroying a portion of his income, thereby incurring costs for himself but simultaneously reducing the benefits of the proposer.

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