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Thursday, November 30, 20061164923417

Growing Pack Behavior in Juvenile Homo Sapiens

I threw together this presentation, entitled Growing Pack Behavior in Juvenile Homo Sapiens -- or -- Making Kids Play Nice for an in-class presentation today presentation.


Putting Humanity, and Schools, in Context

We're the Cooperative Ones

But not Buffalos, Apparently

See also Curtis's stuff

Schools as Gardens

An Obvious Polymorphism

Guess which one wasn't in our text?

An absolute majority of people are Wary Cooperators

Free-Riders Go Home!

Ways of Influencing Peer Pressure

Exploit Social Bonds

Little Kids

Bigger Kids

What Changes During School

The Conclusion



great Xmas movie quote:

'A + + +! O, Ralphie!'

but no pertinent feedback.

any interesting responses in class?

Posted by: Sean | Thursday, November 30, 2006

How long before it clicked with someone that you manipulated them into pro-social behaviors ? ;O)

" Mr. tdaxp, I think that's....HEY!!!"

Posted by: mark safranski | Thursday, November 30, 2006


Thanks for the props! There was an interesting discussion on the moral implications of moving people away from altruism towards wary cooperation.

"Altruism" as second-order free-riding is an important realization, and one that takes a while to sink in.


Curtis thought something similar [1]

It would be interesting to see how students with metacognition react to this sort of manipulation...

[1] http://www.phaticcommunion.com/archives/2006/11/reflecting_on_r.php

Posted by: Dan tdaxp | Friday, December 01, 2006

Henceforth, I will leave only bare comments on TDAXP and reserve the longer comments for Phatic Communion!

Thanks for the link, Dan! I've left another as a trackback...

Posted by: Curtis Gale Weeks | Friday, December 01, 2006


I responded [1], but twice, accidentally! :-)

I agree with your comments on blogspirit -- check out the Jim River Reports from the latter part of today [2]

[1] http://www.phaticcommunion.com/archives/2006/12/gardens_for_chi.php
[2] http://www.jimriverreport.com/archive/jim_river_report_20061201.html

Posted by: Dan tdaxp | Friday, December 01, 2006